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a woman found dead in Rouen, numerous damages, orange vigilance lifted

Hailstones “the size of an egg”, streets and axes cut, events canceled … the storms have done great damage in Brittany, in the South-West of France and in the Center-Val-de-Loire since Friday evening. A woman died in Rouen this Saturday evening. A new stormy episode crossed France, Météo France had placed up to 65 departments in orange vigilance this Saturday. But this Sunday morning, orange vigilance was lifted everywhere in France.

A woman found dead in Rouen

The woman reported missing in Rouen has been found dead, reports France Bleu Normandie this Saturday evening. The city was hit by severe thunderstorms which brought heavy rain.

The 30-year-old victim was found under a car, next to the train station, in the north of the city. She was carried away by the water.

On Twitter, the Minister of the Interior had indicated a little earlier that a woman was missing in Rouen. 705 interventions took place everywhere in France, according to Gérald Darmanin, mobilizing 690 firefighters.

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A second burst of thunderstorms in the early evening according to Météo France

“A second salvo is expected in the early evening”, indicates this Saturday on franceinfo Alix Roumagnac, president of Predict Services, the “risk” subsidiary of Météo France. The storms started in the west of France, and affected the west of the Paris basin at the end of the afternoon.

The second salvo “will start from the south-west of France, cross the central massif and reach Burgundy and the Grand Est during the night and in the early morning”he says.

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“The government will be there” promises Elisabeth Borne

“The government will be there for the affected territories”Prime Minister Elisabteh Borne promises this Saturday on her Twitter account. “Tonight my thoughts go out to the victims of the bad weather that is hitting the whole country and to the rescue teams who carried out hundreds of interventions”adds Elisabeth Borne.

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Young scouts slightly injured in Chambord

At Chambord Castle, in the Loir-et-Cher, 12,000 children were sheltered inside this Saturday afternoon because of the weather vigilance, learned franceinfo from the leaders of the Scouts Unitaires France. A precautionary measure requested by the prefecture of Loir-et-Cher. Children aged between 8 and 12 were able to leave the castle at the end of the day.

“They are going to camp on meadows near the castle but especially not in the woods because there are falling trees”, specifies Jean D’Haussonville, the director general of the national domain of Chambord. According to him, “There were still children, young people, who fell. So there were sprained wrists, ankles”. It indicates that “200 young people were taken care of, simply because they were cold, in hypothermia. But there was nothing serious, only minor injuries”.

A Paris, the concerts at the “We Love Green” festival have been canceled this Saturday evening. 40,000 spectators were expected, indicates France Bleu Paris. Green spaces (parks, gardens, squares, cemeteries) closed at 5:30 p.m. due to showers and thunderstorms “which may be locally strong”. A stormy disturbance will cross Île de France at the end of the afternoon and for the evening. “Thunderstorms can be accompanied by heavy rains of short duration and very strong gusts of wind and hail between 80 to 90 km / h or even occasionally 100 km / h” indicates the City on its website.

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The air traffic is also disrupted in the Paris airports of Roissy Charles de Gaule and Orly, and several axes are cut or disrupted.

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The hail hit Indre-et-Loire in the night from Friday to Saturday, including several districts of the metropolis of Tours, indicates France Bleu Touraine. In Ballan-Miré, the mayor explains that “all the cars outside have been affected, there are broken windshields. There are also broken skylights, some tiles too. And then everything that is garden furniture, swimming pool has a lot of impacts“. The elected official plans to request the classification of his municipality in a state of natural disaster.

Garden furniture damaged by hail in Ballan-Miré.
Garden furniture damaged by hail in Ballan-Miré.

At this nursery, 1,600 square meters of glass greenhouses were destroyed by hail.

In the Vienne, crops ransacked

In the Vienna in New Aquitaine, large hailstones did not spare the fields during a violent storm on Saturday afternoon. “Rapeseed, sunflower and wheat crops are completely ransacked” explains to France Bleu Poitou Bruno Verdier, the mayor of Roiffé. The material damage is numerous: damaged cars, perforated slate roofs, holed gates.

Flooded streets in Brittany

From Friday evening, the Art Rock festival in Saint-Brieuc was hit by a big storm. Several streets were flooded, especially in the Cotes d’Armor, with up to 49 millimeters recorded in Hillion and 45 in Trégueux. In Ile-et-Vilaine, help intervened more than 200 times, reports France Bleu Armorique. Interventions in particular in the Rennes sector, but there were no injuries.

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Damage in the vineyards of the South-West

Major material damage also in Occitania after a stormy episode on Friday evening. Broken tiles, fallen trees on the roads, damaged cars or mudslides. The strong winds also caused power cuts, says France Bleu Occitanie. The firefighters of Gers evoke hailstones “the size of an egg” or ping-pong balls.

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The Armagnac vineyard was hard hit. The vines are damaged, reports Philippe Dupouy, the president of the Departmental Council, on Twitter.

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In the Landes, customers of a shopping center had to be evacuated to Saint-Pierre-du-Mont had to be evacuated, since hailstones caused water infiltration, according to France Bleu Gascogne. Listeners sent impressive photos of hailstones and damaged car windshields to the radio’s Facebook page.

A car totally devastated by the impact of hail.
A car totally devastated by the impact of hail.
Hailstones fell in the Landes.
Hailstones fell in the Landes.
Photo taken in Saint Gein
A rain of hailstones fell in Mugron.
A rain of hailstones fell in Mugron.
Photo of hailstones taken at Poyartin.
Photo of hailstones taken at Poyartin.

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