Cyclone Patrick hits St. Petersburg

Cyclone Patrick hits St. Petersburg

The Atlantic cyclone Patrick has reached the Russian city of St. Petersburg and the region. South-wester is blowing at 21 metres per second.The dam gates have had to be closed to protect the city against floods. This prevented almost 15 ships from entering the city port.

Meanwhile, Norway has been hit by the Scandinavian hurricane Dagmar, the most powerful in the past 30 years. 10-metre high waves have washed away homes in the coastal area. The hurricane force wind of 42 metres per second has reached Sweden, where rail service and road traffic have been disrupted. Many passengers had to mark Christmas in carriages.

Storms have also hit Finland, where an old man died when a tree fell on him. Streets in major cities have been flooded in the neighbouring Estonia. (Voice of Russia)

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