Strong bad weather affected the south and the center of France, in particular the department of Gard, a moment placed on red alert.
Two people were wanted, but are safe and sound, the prefecture said. “The missing person in Uchaud was found and was able to return to his home. Concerning the person of Aigues-Vives, research and testimonies lead, at this stage, to rule out the hypothesis of the disappearance of this person announced this after -midday.”
In addition, a person was struck down and slightly injured in a Perrier factory in Vergèze, between Nîmes and Montpellier, and taken care of by the emergency services.
More than 20,000 eclairs in the Gard
The Gard department was the epicenter of bad weather.
Kéraunos, the French Storm and Tornado Observatory, recorded more than 20,000 lightning bolts there today, “with a peak at nearly 6,000 per hour. Up to 1,500 lightning discharges recorded in Vauvert, 1,300 in Nîmes “.
800 firefighters mobilized, roads closed
“The 800 firefighters are continuing their operations to ensure the safety of people in the department,” said the prefecture.
The A9 motorway remains closed and many roads are impacted by this episode. Train traffic between Nîmes and Montpellier should remain interrupted until early evening, said the prefecture.
Orange vigilance extended to 12 departments
Since 2 p.m., the Gard department, placed very briefly on red alert for thunderstorms and rain-floods, has been downgraded to yellow vigilance for thunderstorms and rains and orange vigilance for floods.
In the afternoon, Météo-France extended its orange vigilance to 12 departments: in addition to Gard, Lot, Tarn-et-Garonne, Haute-Garonne l’Aveyron, Gers, Tarn, Creuse, Corrèze, Haute-Vienne, Puy-de-Dôme and Cantal.
The Hérault, which was in orange vigilance, was demoted to yellow.
Rain, wind and heavy hailstones
“Since the end of the night, strong thunderstorm cells have been triggered over an area ranging from the Montpellierenne and Nimoise regions to the Cévennes, explains Météo-France. We measured at Saint-Dionisy 276 mm in 6 hours including 244 mm in 3 hours and 111 mm in 1 hour. Strong gusts were also noted, for example 105 km / h in the Nîmes region. Large hailstones were also observed. “
This episode is visibly over, but the thunderstorms have moved towards Limousin.
“Strong thunderstorm cells are currently forming from east Gironde and west Dordogne to east Poitou-Charentes with sometimes strong rainfall intensities. These thunderstorms are heading towards Limousin. More isolated thunderstorms are also forming over Limousin and France. ‘Auvergne: In Midi-Pyrénées, still calm but heavy weather. “
South of Nîmes, the rains swelled the Rhony River by 1.50 m in the space of a few minutes, according to Vigicrues.
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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