six departments of the South-East in orange vigilance


Bouches-du-Rhône, Hérault, Gard, Vaucluse, Var and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence… Six departments in the south-east of France were placed this Friday afternoon on orange vigilance due to a “rainy-stormy episode”, which has already affected several departments in the evening. The department of Hérault was added to the list at 6 p.m. “Locally accumulations of 60 to 80 mm in 1 hour have been observed”, according to Météo-France.

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In its 10:30 p.m. bulletin, Météo-France observed “storm cells regenerating from Espinouse to the Gard Cévennes and shifting eastward” and forecast a regeneration of storm cells in Hérault and Gard for another “one hour or two “. The storms created can still be intense at times, according to the meteorological monitoring body, producing “strong electrical activity, gusts of wind sometimes close to 100 km / h, hail and rain intensities of around 40 to 60 mm in less than 2 hours”.

During the night, the storms will shift over the Vaucluse and the Bouches-du-Rhône then the Var “but with an activity a priori less and less marked”.

Storm cells in neighboring departments

Earlier Friday evening, on the Gard, “we observed large hail, tornadic phenomena (…) and an hourly accumulation of rain close to 83 mm”. The Gard firefighters, however, indicated that they had not carried out any significant interventions, except for a 50 m2 floor which collapsed without causing any casualties. They also intervened for “starting fires due to lightning, roof covering and water shortages”.

Orange vigilance must end on Saturday at 6 a.m.

Neighboring departments placed in yellow vigilance for the storm parameter may experience “locally violent storm cells”. In Corsica, lightning destroyed a statue of the Virgin in the chapel of Notre-Dame de la Serra in Calvi (Haute-Corse) and left two seriously injured, according to firefighters, who specified that their lives were not in danger. . The Mediterranean arc has already experienced violent storms in mid-August, which did not cause damage or injuries on the continent, but caused the death of five people and caused significant damage in Corsica.


Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.

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