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Thunderstorms: “big damage” and now 28 departments in orange vigilance

Twenty-eight departments are placed on orange vigilance on Sunday by Météo France because of a risk of thunderstorms in the eastern half, after bad weather that caused damage and power cuts on Saturday evening.

Five departments – Aveyron, Lozère, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Moselle and Tarn – were added at 10:00 a.m. to the 23 already placed in orange vigilance, all located in eastern France.

At the start of the morning, less than 5,000 customers were still without electricity, mainly in the departments of Marne, Seine-et-Marne, and Aisne after the bad weather on Saturday, according to Enedis, which indicates that the return to normal is in progress.

Motorcycles from a police SPG unit in a flooded parking lot in Meaux, near Paris, after a severe thunderstorm on June 20, 2021 (SGP Police Unit / AFP – -)

Regarding transport, traffic is interrupted on line P (Paris East to Meaux, Provins …) of the Transilien until 2:00 p.m., according to the Transilien site.

The storms caused “great damage” on the lines which join Paris to Strasbourg and Mulhouse, in particular the fall of “40 to 50 trees” on the tracks, “two important mudslides and damaged catenaries”, indicated the SNCF to AFP.

“About a hundred agents are mobilized and the tracks are now passable with one or two slowdown zones at 40km / h due to small mudslides” which will be cleaned up during the night, she added.

Saturday, late afternoon, a 600 m2 roof of a five-story apartment building located in Alfortville (Val-de-Marne) flew onto the building next door, causing two minor injuries. , according to the Paris firefighters.

The mayor of the town, Luc Carvounas, has submitted a request for a state of natural disaster for his town to the prefecture, he told AFP.

In Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil (Indre-et-Loire), a village renowned for its vineyards, the steeple of the church fell on Saturday in the nave of the church after the passage of a “very local” tornado, according to the parish priest and the mayor of the town.

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