Storm kills six people in Moscow

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     IMPACT Cars have been abandoned as Moscow residents run for cover

At least Eleven people have died after a severe thunderstorm hit the Russian capital, Moscow, The thunderstorm fell Hundreds of trees, and more than fifty people sought medical help.

'There are casualties as a result of the storm, more than 40 people applied for medical attention. "We are taking all necessary measures to eliminate the consequences of the disaster", Sobyanin wrote in his Twitter blog.

The strong winds reached up to 30 meters per second (67 miles per hour), tearing off roofs from more than 200 houses and felling 14,000 trees.

In another incident, a bus stop was torn from the pavement by the strong wind and was blown toward pedestrians, fatally injuring one person.

Russian weather service on Tuesday said the storm could hit parts of central Russia next and urged people to secure loose objects and be careful about where they parked their cars.

A total of 170 people sought medical assistance following Monday's hurricane in Moscow, nearly 150 of them were hospitalized, the head of the Moscow government's healthcare department, Alexei Khripun, said.

Ivanova's statement was carried by Russian news wires. Between eight and 11 people died in storm in the capital in 1998.

Sobyanin said that about 3,500 trees were uprooted.

Winds gusted as high as 100 km/h at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow as the storm rolled through early Monday afternoon, causing extensive damage and power outages.

Images that were shared on social media show fallen trees blocking roads and an advertising board crushing parked cars.

A vehicle uplifted by the roots of a fallen tree in Moscow.

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