Eight teenagers struck by lightning in central France

Eight teenagers were injured by lightning during a thunderstorm in central-western France on Monday with one going into cardiac arrest.

Eight teenagers struck by lightning in central France
A 15-year-old went into cardiac arrest after being hit by lightning on Monday night at a campsite in central France.
Currently in a “very worrying state” according to the French press, the youth – who was transferred to a hospital in Tours – also suffered burns from the incident.
Seven other teenagers were also injured by the bolt which hit the campsite in the French department of Vienne . 
According to the authorities, the lightning “struck suddenly” the campsite belonging to an outdoor recreational centre, 60km to the southeast of Poitiers, at around 7pm. 
Two of the teens were taken to hospital in Poitiers, while five others were suffering from “tinnitus and buzzing in the ears”. 
All eight teens were part of a group of 16 who had travelled from Descartes in central France to the campsite to practice different kinds of sports. 
“The parents of the victims have been informed and will be welcomed by the medical team at Poitiers,” local authorities said. 
An emergency medical team to provide counselling is also on hand. 
Thirteen departments located in the central Pyrenees and Auvergne areas of France were placed on orange alert for storms – the second highest level of warning, meaning the public is advised to be “very vigilant” – on Monday night until Tuesday morning. 
However Vienne was not one of the departments placed on alert. 
This isn't the first time an incident of this kind has occurred in France. In May 2016, The Local reported that ten children were hit by lightning in a Paris park.


Northern France on alert for violent storms after deluge hits Paris

Three départements in northern France were on alert for violent storms on Friday after Paris and other parts of the country were hit by downpours and the Eiffel Tower was struck by lightning (see pic).

Northern France on alert for violent storms after deluge hits Paris
A photo taken on June 10, 2014 shows a lightning strike during a thunderstorm over the city of Paris. Photo: JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP
Three departments in the north of the country were placed on orange alert for storms in the lunchtime bulletin from national forecaster Météo-France, as the storm system that hit Paris earlier Friday moves north.
Residents in Nord, Pas-de-Calais and  the Aisne were warned to expect strong electrical storms, with hail, strong winds and the possibility of localised flash flooding, with up to 60mm of rain forecast in some areas in just an hour.

Residents in the areas are advised to seek shelter indoors and stay away from rivers or trees during a storm.

And forecasters have warned that, after a few days of rising temperatures, storms are expected throughout the day on Friday.

Residents in the capital will be well aware of the conditions as storms hit early this morning as the system spread west.

And day very quickly turned to night as the conditions continued into rush hour.

A quarter of an hour was all it took for the deluge in several communes across the Seine-et-Marne department, flooding 90 houses in the 800-population village of Thieux on Wednesday. 

Twenty-four hours later, residents – who had spent the day cleaning up – were forced to evacuate again, as the storms returned.

The nearby communes of Messy, Gressy, Villeroy and Cherny were also hit as the storms battered large parts of the country.

This afternoon, heavy thunderstorms will extend from the Paris Basin towards Hauts-de-France, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine. 

Further south, storms will develop in the Pyrenees and spread deeper into the Occitanie. The weather will also become very unstable from Limousin to Auvergne with sometimes strong thunderstorms.

Overnight, powerful storms are forecast to hit Occitanie and Auvergne, while a few thunderstorms will still affect the regions north of the Seine, mainly between Hauts-de-France and Lorraine.