St. Jude's storm causes blackout for over 13,000 in Leningrad region

Gale-force winds have disrupted power supplies to five districts of the Leningrad region, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's local branch said in a press release.

Gale-force winds have disrupted power supplies to five districts of the Leningrad region, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's local branch said in a press release.

"As of noon, a power outage was reported in the Kingisepp, Slantsy, Lomonosov, Luzhki and Volosovo districts - 217 electrical substations and 238 localities with a population of over 13,000 people," it said.

Power supplies were also disrupted to 13 towns and villages in the Olonets district of Karelia, the ministry's branch for the republic said.

As many as 1,500 people in the Novgorod region were affected by a power blackout caused by the St. Jude's storm on Tuesday morning.

The St. Jude's storm, which first hit the southern UK, swept through Russia's northwestern regions on Tuesday.

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