Violent storms, gusts of wind and hail expected this Thursday, from southwest to east of France

Twenty-five departments were placed in orange alert, from the south of Aquitaine to Occitanie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to Lorraine and Alsace.

Le Monde with AFP

Little respite on the weather of bad weather. After the violent hailstorms which caused significant material damage on Tuesday in several departments of the center-east of France-notably in Saône-et-Loire, in Nièvre or Allier-, and Wednesday evening in the Roanne region , twenty-five departments were placed on Thursday, June 23, orange orange For storm risks on a northeast quarter. A new salvo of violent thunderstorms is expected at midday in the center-east of the country, spreading northeast in the afternoon.

The time will often be unstable during the day, with frequent storms from the southwest to the eastern flank of the country. From northern Brittany to Hauts-de-France, the morning will take place under a still threatening sky and frequent storm showers. Over the afternoon, the waves will gradually lose their intensity.

hail damages roofs in the Roanne region

In the rest of the country, the start of the day will be generally calm, under a variable sky, sometimes gray. But, fairly quickly, in the morning, from Lorraine and Alsace to Occitania and Aquitaine, as well as in the south-east of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, showers and thunderstorms will resume. In the afternoon, from southern Aquitaine to Occitanie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to Lorraine and Alsace, thunderstorms will be frequent and will sometimes become violent, accompanied by strong Precipitation, hailstorms, gusts of wind. Elsewhere, more isolated showers may occur, but the stormy risk will decrease.

The Roanne region (Loire) was particularly affected, in the evening of Wednesday, by hailstorms, which damaged many roofs, the firefighters said on Thursday. “Since 5 p.m., we have received 1,400 calls, which generated 466 interventions on Roanne and its periphery, including 360 in the Coteau commune alone”, which adjoins Roanne, have counted the firefighters in the Loire. “The hailstones were big like golf balls,” said the town hall of the hillside, stressing “the solidarity between the inhabitants who lent themselves tarpaulins” and “the enormous work of the firefighters”. These bad weather made no victim, said the firefighters.

/Media reports.