Storm St. Jude on Tuesday reached Russia after wreaking havoc in other nations of northern Europe in the past two days and continued to disrupt local transport, energy and communications in three northwestern Russian regions, said sources from local weather service department. (Xinhua photo)
ST. PETERSBURG, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Storm St. Jude on Tuesday reached Russia after wreaking havoc in other nations of northern Europe in the past two days and continued to disrupt local transport, energy and communications in three northwestern Russian regions, said sources from local weather service department.
Authorities in Pskov, one of the three regions being affected by the storm, declared a state of emergency as thousands of people were left without power. The other two regions were Novgorod and Leningrad.
Also, some 30,000 residents in the region of Leningrad remained without power. In St. Petersburg, a city in Russia's northern part and surrounded by Leningrad, local authorities have made good preparations for preventing potential floods, while several radio stations in the city had their signals cut off by the storm.
High winds were expected to continue in the Leningrad region well into Wednesday as storm St. Jude continues its destructive path, according to the local weather service department sources.
Russian authorities have yet to announce a toll of casualties in the storm, which is reported to have caused 15 deaths in other countries of Europe.
LONDON, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- The St Jude storm in Britain has left a trail of death and damage in its wake on Monday.
A man and a woman were killed in a gas explosion in the west London area of Hounslow after a tree fell and severed a gas main. The explosion destroyed three properties. A Metropolitan Police Spokesman told Xinhua that three more people were injured taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service. Full story
BERLIN, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Death toll in the hurricane that battered northern Germany has reached six as heavy rain and high winds continue, causing widespread rail and air traffic disruption.
On Monday, four people were killed in Germany in separate accidents that involved falling trees, local media reported. A sailor died in a lake near Cologne on Sunday and a fisherman drowned near the city when his boat capsized in heavy waves. Full story