Apocalyptic rainstorm floods Moscow streets, lightning blasts gas station (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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A heavy rainstorm washed over the Russian capital on Friday, prompting an extreme weather warning, sending torrents of water rushing down the city’s streets, and blowing up a gas station with lightning.

After a warm muggy Friday afternoon, the sky above Moscow suddenly darkened, sending the city into twilight. Soon after, the clouds erupted in a powerful thunderstorm.

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Фото опубликовано soslan (@flipban) Май 22 2015 в 10:30 PDT

The thunderstorm was accompanied by winds of up to 38 miles per hour (17 meters per second), fresh breeze to fresh gale by international standards. Forecasts say the rainy weather will continue through the night and into Saturday.

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Фото опубликовано Maria Antonenko (@masyaxa) Май 22 2015 в 11:26 PDT

Part of Moscow’s Profsoyuznaya Street was flooded in the deluge. Some drivers were forced to push their half-submerged cars while nearly being washed away by the wake created by drivers lucky enough to keep driving.

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Фото опубликовано ЭШ (@the_noble_leader) Май 22 2015 в 9:43 PDT

The thunderstorm became a social media hit, with numerous photos of the watery apocalypse flooding Muscovites’ Instagram accounts. While others just enjoyed the view...

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Фото опубликовано Anastasiya Romanova (@anastasiya_rass) Май 22 2015 в 11:15 PDT

...Some almost had to swim home. Communal services say that 90 streets in total were partially flooded.

Ты на профсоюзной? Ты стоишь в пробке? Ты не можешь проехать огромную лужу? Хочешь побыстрее домой? Тогда греби! #Калужская #Профсоюзная #ВысокийВыхлопВещь #Потоп #ливень #22мая2015

Видео опубликовано Anna (@troshinaanya) Май 22 2015 в 8:49 PDT

The thunderstorm caused actual destruction as well. An explosion sparked by a lightning strike shook a local petrol station during the storm, according to witnesses. The blast also shattered windows in nearby buildings and started a fire.

No casualties have been reported. The fire was extinguished, and emergency service workers confirmed that lightning had caused the blaze.

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Видео опубликовано Нодар (@nodarious_big) Май 22 2015 в 9:11 PDT