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Violent storms tore through France on Saturday, claiming one victim in Rouen. More than 15,000 homes were still without power on Sunday morning. In total, the 2,400 mobilized firefighters carried out 3,500 interventions and 50,000 lightning strikes were recorded.
The violent storms that crossed the France On Saturday, June 4, he left one dead in Rouen and fifteen wounded throughout the country, including two seriously. More than 15,000 homes were still without power on Sunday morning.
“There were 15 injuries, including two serious and one person dead in Rouen,” announced the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, taking stock of this unusual weather phenomenon, which caused numerous interruptions in transport and extensive agricultural damage.
Streets turned into torrents
The deceased is a woman “swept away by a mudslide” and drowned after being trapped under a car in Rouen, where some streets have turned into torrents.
Among the two seriously injured is a 13-year-old girl who is “in critical condition,” Gérald Darmanin told the press.
In total, the 2,400 firefighters involved carried out 3,500 interventions and 50,000 lightning strikes were recorded, added the minister, who stressed that it was “the first time in twenty years” that such a large part of the territory is simultaneously crossed by electrical storms, with 65 departments affected. .
Météo-France lifted the orange “storm” watch on Sunday morning for the 25 departments that remained affected, mainly located in the northeastern suburb of France.
Hail in Landes and Gers
Among the damage caused, Gérald Darmanin mentioned “works of art”, in particular the “razed” bridges in Mayenne, and also the wine cultures, in particular in the Landes and Gers.
In these two departments hailstones of several centimeters fell on part of the Armagnac vineyard, winegrowers and local officials told AFP.
“This corridor of hail followed the entire Lando-Gers border and it is estimated that 4 to 5,000 hectares of vines and several tens of thousands of hectares of crops in the Gers were affected,” estimated 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 organization, Olivier Goujon.
In Le Frêche (Landes), winemaker Nelly Lacave has found her 8.5 hectares of “chopped” vines. “In the vineyards there is nothing left, the roof of our agricultural building is a giant Swiss cheese, and in the house the windows were broken. My dad, who is almost 70 years old, has never seen that,” she said. AFP.
Not far from there, in Labastide-d’Armagnac (Landes), the mayor Alain Gaube believes he has “lost between 70 and 90% of the vineyard(s).” “On the ground there is a large part of the leaves and grapes. The grapes that remain (in the vineyard) are already brown, they are dead,” he laments.
A state of natural disaster will be declared
Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne promised on Saturday night that the government would be “there for the affected territories”. On Sunday, Gérald Darmanin also announced that he will propose “at the end of the week” to decree “a state of natural disaster” to “allow people to activate their insurance.”
In fact, lightning lit up the sky in Brittany as well as in Centre-Val de Loire, Normandy or Île-de-France. Amateur photographers have posted images of the top of the Eiffel Tower struck by lightning on social media.
In Vincennes, east of Paris, the We Love Green music festival had to be interrupted because “the conditions are not pleasant either for the public or for the artists,” a person from the organization announced on stage, according to a journalist from the AFP.
In the National Estate of Chambord (Loir-et-Cher), 30,000 unit scouts from France gathered for the Pentecost weekend had to shelter, including a third inside the castle.
“The storm passed around 4:30 p.m. It lasted a few minutes but it was relatively strong and a gust of wind knocked down the Cubs’ tents,” Damien Tardy, the Cubs’ media relations officer, told AFP. .
“Ten thousand young people, from 8 to 12 years old, were housed in the castle in cooperation with the prefecture”, the older ones “on a sloping plain”, according to him.
Loin de cette supercellule orageuse, la Corse a elle vu le mercure s’envoler: a record de chaleur pour un mois de juin a été enregistré au cap Corse, dans le nord de l’île, avec 37.4 degrés, selon Météo- France.