In pictures, in pictures. Hail stones, lightning on the Eiffel Tower… A look back at the storms that hit France

Violent thunderstorms swept through France on Saturday 4 June 2022, claiming the life of a victim in Rouen and sheltering camping scouts, but that stormy activity will decrease on Sunday according to Météo France which has lifted the orange vigil for the last 25 provinces involved. .

In Rouen, where some streets were turned into a torrent by the violence of storms, a woman in her thirties died trapped under a car after being carried away by water, we learned from the Norman town hall cabinet.

“She was found, but she died”, The same source said. Shortly before that, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin reported a “Missing Woman in Rouen” on Twitter.

Raise the vigil on Sunday

On Sunday morning, Météo France lifted orange “storms” from the 25 provinces still involved, located mainly in the northeastern quadrant of France. Earlier in the night, this weather forecaster lifted the alert for the North, Pas-de-Calais and Seine-et-Marne.

In Yonne, near Avalon, wind gusts exceeded 100 km/h and more than 30 mm of water fell in 12 minutes in Dornes, south of Nevers, according to Météo France.

Electrical activity was very intense, totaling about 50,000 lightning strikes within 24 hours, according to a Météo France report.

At Versailles (Evelyn) and Rouen (Seine), the streets were flooded by a storm.

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Chill stones of several centimeters

Vineyards and local officials told AFP that several centimeters of hail fell in the Landis and Gir regions.

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“This cold corridor follows the entire Lando-Gers boundary and it is estimated that between 4,000 and 5,000 hectares of vineyards have been affected and tens of thousands of hectares of crops in tents,” Provincial Chamber of Agriculture chief Bernard Mallabirade said.

“In Montreal-du-Gers, we had hail stones larger than a golf ball!”, According to Armagnac’s career manager, Olivier Goujon.

In Puy-de-Dôme, hail reached 7 cm in diameter.

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Agricultural losses and 4500 homes without electricity in the lands

In Frêche (Landes), winemaker Nelly Lacave restored 8.5 hectares of vineyards “chopped”. “In the vineyards there is nothing left, the roof of our farm building is a giant swiss cheese and in the house, the windows are smashed. My father, who is about 70, has never seen this before” She told AFP.

Not far from there, in Labastide-d’Armagnac (Landes), Mayor Alain Gaube thinks he has “Between 70 and 90% of the chromium was lost”. “On the ground there is a large part of the leaves and grapes. The grapes left (on the vine) are already brown, dead, ” He laments.

If there were no regrettable injuries in the Landes, 4,500 homes were denied electricity.

Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne promised in the evening that the government would be “There for the affected areas”, converted to “Victims of bad weather that hits the whole country and rescue teams that carried out hundreds of interventions.”

Indeed, lightning lit up the skies in both Brittany and the Center Val-de-Loire, Normandy or Ile-de-France. Amateur photographers posted pictures of the tallest Eiffel Tower struck by lightning on the networks.

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The We Love Green Festival stopped in Paris and housed 30,000 Scouts

In Vincennes, east of Paris, the green music festival we love had to be boycotted “The conditions are not pleasant to the public or to the artists,” The speaker announced on stage, according to a reporter fromFrance Press agency.

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On the national estate of Chambord (Loire-et-Cher), 30,000 units of Scouts from France had to be housed on Pentecost weekend, including a third inside the castle itself.

“The storm passed around 4:30 pm. It lasted a few minutes but was relatively strong and the winds destroyed the lions’ tents.” Damien Tardy, the movement’s press relations official, told AFP.

“Ten thousand young people between the ages of 8 and 12 were accommodated in the castle in cooperation with the governorate,” the biggest “In a sloping plain”, According to him.

Away from this stormy super avalanche, Corsica has seen a mercury rise: a heat record for June was set in Cap Corse, north of the island, with 37.4 degrees, according to Mito France.

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