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Destructive storm hits Moscow after record heat, Russia


Destructive rains and strong winds hit Moscow, Russia, on Monday, June 28, 2021, a week after the city sizzled through record heat. 

Powerful gusts uprooted trees and caused damage to cars on streets, while heavy rains triggered flooding.

The metro system halted some lines, while downpours caused very low visibility. The main building of Moscow State University could not be seen through the rain from street view. 

Lightning also caused a fire at a power station outside the city. 

Photos and videos on social media showed smashed windows, damaged buildings, torn branches and debris, flooded underpasses, and people walking through inundated streets. 

The severe weather came after an unusual heat covered western Russia, causing temperatures to soar to a 120-year record of 34.8 °C (94.6 °F), 

Featured image credit: Bryan MacDonald

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