Violent storms tore through France on Saturday June 4, claiming one victim in Rouen and causing the shelter of explorers who were camping, while 25 departments remain on orange watch as of Sunday morning.
In Rouen, where certain streets became torrents due to the violence of the storms, a woman in her thirties died trapped under a car after being swept away by the waters, the mayor’s office in the Norman town learned. “They found her but she died”said the same source. A little earlier, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, had reported a “Missing Woman in Rouen” On twitter.
Météo-France had called on Saturday to a large part of the French territory to be alert, due to a “very strong thunderstorm activity this afternoon and tonight”. In total, 65 departments were affected by the orange surveillance, lifted for 40 of them overnight, including those in the Paris region. The other 25, mainly in the northeastern suburb of France, remain under surveillance.
Consequently, Météo-France warns, about these departments, “Storms continue to circulate, with hailstorms, gusts of wind locally greater than 100 km/h, temporarily heavy rains, as well as electrical activity remaining marked”.
The meteorological service had warned that sometimes violent storms would develop in the southwest and move towards the north and east of the country, accompanied by intense rains (locally from 40 to 60 millimeters in a short time), gusts of wind and hail, especially in the South-West and the Massif Central. The lightning crossed the sky in the south of France, but also in Brittany, in Centre-Val de Loire, in Normandy and in Ile-de-France.
Heat record in Corsica
In the Landes and Gers, hail of several centimeters fell on part of the Armagnac vineyard. “This corridor of hail followed the entire Lando-Gers border and it is estimated that between 4,000 and 5,000 hectares of vines and several tens of thousands of hectares of crops in Gers were affected”said the president of the departmental chamber of agriculture, Bernard Malabirade.
“In Montreal-du Gers, we had hail bigger than a golf ball! », according to the director of the Armagnac interprofessional, Olivier Goujon. If there are no injuries in the Landes, 4,500 homes have been left without electricity.
In Vincennes, east of Paris, the We Love Green music festival had to be interrupted because ” the conditions [n’étaient] pleasant neither for the public nor for the artists”announced a speaker on stage. Amateur photographers have also posted images of the top of the Eiffel Tower struck by lightning on social media.
Lightning struck the Eiffel Tower after 6pm during a blink 🙂 Taken simultaneously with 2 cameras… https://t.co/wWlwgjsyiJ
Sur le domaine national de Chambord (Loir-et-Cher), 30,000 scouts unitaires de France, gathered for the week-end occasion of Pentecôte, ont dû être mis à l’abri, dont un tiers à l’intérieur of the Castle. “Ten thousand young people, aged 8 to 12, were housed in the castle in cooperation with the prefecture”older “on a sloping plain”according to Damien Tardy, the movement’s press relations officer.
Far from this stormy supercell, Corsica saw the mercury rise: a heat record for the month of June was recorded at Cap Corse, in the north of the island, with 37.4°C, according to Meteo-France.