VIDEO: Freak tornado hits western France

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VIDEO: Freak tornado hits western France
This is the sight of a tornado hitting a town in western France as extreme and even freakish weather continues to batter the country. Photo: screengrab: Ouest France/ Dailymotion

France has seen some freakish weather this winter but not many would have expected the tornado that came crashing through a town in western France this week, cutting power to 13,500 homes. See the video here.


The tornado hit the town of Lucon in the Vendée department of western France on Monday morning, pulling down power lines, ripping row of sheds, damaging homes – in other words wreaking havoc like tornadoes generally do.

With power lines down, France’s electricity provider ERDF said 13,500 homes were without electricity until it was restored later in the afternoon.

See the video of the tornado below.

Mini tornade à Luçon par OuestFranceFR

The tornado hit as Western France was once again lashed by violent storms and high tides which destroyed sea defences and left several coastal towns and villages under water.

Record high waves crashed into the seafront in towns across the Atlantic coast from Brittany to Bordeaux, some reaching as high as 14 metres.

This video from France Televisions shows stormy seas causing damage to the seafront in the Basque town of Biarritz.


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