ST. PETERSBURG, October 28 (RIA Novosti) – A powerful storm that has ravaged parts of Western Europe is heading to northwestern Russia and may cause floods in St. Petersburg, the regional department of the Russian Hydrometeorological Center said Monday.
“In the morning of October 29, gusts of wind in St. Petersburg and the [surrounding] region will reach [speeds of] 15-20 meters per second,” the department’s chief weather forecaster announced.
“The strongest wind is expected in the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga on October 29, … up to 25-28 meters per second,” Alexander Kolesov said, adding that there was a threat of flooding in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
The Associated Press reported that a coastal storm powered by hurricane-force gusts went through Britain and Western Europe Monday, causing trees to fall, flooding lowlands and obstructing air, sea and land transportation. At least 13 people were reportedly killed by the storm, named after St. Jude.