As the waves battered the seas, three members of a French lifeboat crew died after their vessel capsized off Tanchet aux Sables-d'Olonne in the Vendée.
Rescue workers by the capsized boat. Photo: AFP
The crew had been going to the rescue of a fishing boat which got into difficulties in the treacherous seas.
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People in the western part of France were ordered to stay away from the coast as the storm continued to move north throughout the day.
— Jacques GUYADER (@JacquesGuyader) 7 June 2019
A total of eight départements are on an orange alert for storms, and the warning lasts until 6am on Saturday.
The storm strikes at Angoulin. Photo: AFP
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The areas affected are Charente-Maritime, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée and Vienne.