Unfortunately, the severe weather in France has not quite finished yet.
Météo France placed 25 départements in central, eastern and northeastern France under the ‘orange’ alert, warning residents of the risk of severe thunderstorms this Thursday and Friday.
The départements concerned are Ain, Allier, Ardennes, Aube, Cantal, Côte-d’Or, Doubs, Jura, Loire, Haute-Loire, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Nièvre, Puy-de-Dôme, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Rhône, Haute-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, Vosges, Yonne, and Territoire de Belfort.
🔶 25 dpts en #vigilanceOrange
— VigiMétéoFrance (@VigiMeteoFrance) June 23, 2022
Forecasters estimate that storms will roll in around midday and last into the night of Thursday or into Friday morning.
“These storms will could be violent,” warned Meteo France. Meteorologists are predicting locally strong hail falls, heavy rainfall -with accumulations of around 30 to 50 mm in under an hour – and strong gusts of wind, which could reach 70 to 90 km/h.
On Wednesday evening, parts of the Pays de la Loire region experienced severe thunderstorms, some of which caused damage. In the town of Le Coteau, hail caused signficant damage, with the mayor telling Franceinfo that the town was “devastated by a torrent of hail.” No injuries were reported, but there was “considerable material damage.”
⛈ En fin d'après-midi, un orage supercellulaire a généré de gros grêlons sur Roanne dans la Loire. Des dégâts notables sont signalées sur la ville et ses alentours. (© Lina Deré) pic.twitter.com/JpvEzh0nWB
— Météo Express (@MeteoExpress) June 22, 2022
Earlier in the week, France’s western départements had also been on orange alert for violent thunderstorms.
Places like Bordeaux saw significant hail-fall, which some were able to catch on video:
Heavy hail North of Bordeaux (Ambares and Lagrave) France! – Bordeaux grele – Bordeaux orages#hail #Bordeaux (#Ambares a #Lagrave #Bordeauxgrele – #orages #orage #pluies #storm#wind pic.twitter.com/8AE9FjfHEg
— World News Araştıran İnsan (@RH_News_World) June 20, 2022
Meanwhile, the orange alert for heat has been lifted for the six départements in eastern France that were still seeing high temperatures. Now, most of the south, southwest, and west of the country have returned to a ‘yellow’ alert level.