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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Downpour Leads to Flooding

Unusually strong torrential rain and winds hit Moscow on Tuesday night, causing flooding and power outages in parts of the capital.

Up to one-third of the usual rainfall for the month of August fell during the night, said Lyudmila Filonova, a specialist at the Moscow Hydrometeorological Service. Fifty millimeters of rain fell in some places as wind speeds reached 13 meters per second, she said.

Electricity was cut off for three hours on Startovaya Ulitsa in northeast Moscow — including at a school and a kindergarten — because of flooding in a local power station, the mayor’s office was quoted by Interfax as saying.

A falling tree damaged an electric line and cut the power to 110 houses in the village of Ukhtomsky in the Moscow region. The wind also knocked down trees on Ilinskom Shosse and on 3rd Roshchinsky Proyezd, Interfax reported.

Huge pools formed at the intersection of Volokolamskoye Shosse in the northeast of Moscow and on Selskokhozyaistvennaya Ulitsa and Prospekt Mira in the north, Interfax reported.

Despite the minor flooding, the city’s maintenance department said Wednesday there were no real problems.

The weather service predicted Wednesday that lighter rain was likely on Thursday and Friday, but the weather should clear for the weekend with temperatures from 18 to 20 degrees Celsius.