At least one person was killed in storms in large parts of France on Saturday. As the city council in Rouen, northern France, announced, a woman fell under a car in a flash flood caused by a storm and died. In the southern departments of Landes and Gers, hailstones larger than golf balls caused damage to vineyards, officials and winegrowers said. This low weather should also reach Austria in the evenings…
According to the head of the agricultural authority of the Gers, Bernard Malabirade, tens of thousands of hectares of land have been affected by the damage caused by the hail storm. Winemaker Nelly Lacave in the Landes department told AFP: “There is nothing left in the vineyards, the roof of our farm looks like Swiss cheese and the windows of the house were broken.”
30,000 scouts had to get to safety before the storm
Electricity supplier Enedis announced on Saturday evening that about 5,000 households across the country have been cut off from the power supply due to the storm. In the Loir-et-Cher section in the center of the country, some 30,000 scouts gathered there for Whitsun camping had to be rushed to safety – see video above. Ten thousand children between the ages of eight and 12 were housed in the local castle, said Scouts spokesman Damien Tardy.
Record heat in Corsica
Corsica, meanwhile, was hit by a record heat. In the north of the holiday island, 37.4 degrees has been measured, reports the weather service France-Météo. This is a new high point for the month of June. The weather service forecast more storms for France, moving north and east across the country from the southwest.
Severe storms expected in Austria on Whit Sunday
Severe thunderstorms were also forecast for Austria for Whit Sunday: Severe thunderstorms with heavy rain, gusts and hail are expected from the Innviertel in Upper Austria, the Flachgau and Tennengau in Salzburg, which will spread east and south until after midnight, reports ZAMG. The heaviest weather is expected in Upper Austria between 17 and 21 from the Innviertel to Pyhrn-Eisenwurzen. The heaviest showers are expected to hit the Innviertel, with storms with peak speeds of 80 km/h and higher likely in all parts of the country, the warning said. Hail may also fall.
ZAMG gives safety tips for a stormy Sunday
The central institute advised taking into account the chance of lightning and thunder and storm warnings at lakes and to take into account rapid developments and changes in the thunderstorm path. Outdoor movable objects such as party tents, trampolines and garden furniture should be secured, windows, doors and gates should be closed. It is important to land early with sport planes and to reach ports quickly with boats. Temporary power outages may occur.
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