Bell tower destroyed by a tornado, floods, hail: thunderstorms hit hard Saturday in France

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More than half of the French departments were placed on orange alert for thunderstorms, Saturday, June 19. Several regions suffered damage. Departments of Occitanie were not spared.

After Occitanie on Thursday, thunderstorms affected several regions of France during the day of Saturday, June 19. Météo France had also placed up to 51 departments on orange alert for thunderstorms.

A bell tower soared in Indre-et-Loire

The most spectacular consequence took place in Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil in Indre-et-Loire. The bell tower and part of the roof of the church were torn off by a tornado, confirmed by the Keraunos Thunderstorm and Tornado Observatory.

The thunderstorms from this Saturday developed in front of an altitude forcing that this colorful water vapor imagery makes it possible to distinguish from the Atlantic coast towards the northwest of the country. SSEC sat image pic.twitter.com/Egyx8ck7zA

– Keraunos (@KeraunosObs)

“A thunderstorm associated with a tornado fell on Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, located over a distance of 1 km, it took the axis of the town center”, indicated the mayor Sébastien Berger, questioned by The New Republic. “Our church steeple fell inside and on the sides and caused damage to the surroundings, to the cars. We also have the roof of the village hall which flew off.”

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Indre-et-Loire: a tornado sweeps away the bell tower of the church of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil

Floods in Essonne

Heavy rains caused flooding in Essonne, in the north and west of the department, late Saturday afternoon. Firefighters and gendarmes had to rescue several drivers in two vehicles submerged in water. The RN 20 was closed at La Ville-du-Bois in both directions.

Heavy flooding was also reported in the Orsay basin on the RN118.

In Evry, manholes were ejected causing geysers. At 11 p.m. Saturday evening, firefighters had recorded 316 interventions.

Also in Essonne, the RER D tracks were flooded.

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Damage was also reported in Val-de-Marne. In Paris, the Luxembourg Gardens were flooded at the end of the day.

Hail in the Lot and Gers

If Occitanie was not affected by the orange alert on Saturday, hail struck the Lot shortly before 7 p.m. in the sectors of Cahors, Gourdon, Catus, Gramat, Puy-l’Évêque and in Figeacois. Firefighters intervened for infiltrations in flooded cars, basements and garages.

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Severe thunderstorms and hailstones hit the Lot this Saturday evening

Hail also hit the Gers at the end of the day on Lomagne, Mirande, Barran or Vic-Fezensac. Crops could have suffered significant damage.

With more than 31,000 lightning bolts recorded, Saturday, June 19 was the stormiest day of the year 2021 in France. Further stormy rains are expected this Sunday, June 20, from the Massif Central to Burgundy and towards Hauts-de-France and the Ardennes. Météo France does not exclude stormy showers, accompanied by heavy rainfall and wind gusts of over 100 km / h over Aveyron, Lot and Tarn during the afternoon.

 
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