Death toll from thunderstorm in Moscow climbs to 14

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Death toll from thunderstorm in Moscow climbs to 14
Death toll from thunderstorm in Moscow climbs to 14

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian officials say the death toll from a powerful thunderstorm in Moscow and its suburbs has reached 14.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement on Tuesday 11 people were killed in Moscow and three in the suburbs as high winds and rain ripped through the Russian capital on Monday, felling trees, tearing off roofs and damaging over 1,500 cars.

Winds reached up to 30 meters per second (67 miles per hour).

More than 150 people have been taken to hospitals. Train services around the region were disrupted and dozens of flights from Moscow’s airports delayed.

The storm knocked down several pine trees at the residence of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday afternoon, temporary blocking the entrance to the compound.

In this grab taken from video, people stand near to a vehicle covered with branches from a fallen tree following a storm, in a residential area of Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 29, 2017. Thunderstorms and strong winds buffeted Moscow and its surrounding areas on Monday, killing 11 people and injuring dozens, Russian officials said.  (AP)
In this grab taken from video, men stand near to a vehicle crushed by branches from a fallen tree, in a residential area of Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 29, 2017. Thunderstorms and strong winds buffeted Moscow and its surrounding areas on Monday, killing 11 people and injuring dozens, Russian officials said.  (AP)
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