In the last few hours, storms have struck large parts of France. Meteo-France placed 65 departments on orange vigilance, which has caused significant damage to certain areas, especially in the north. Yesterday, a Rouen woman was found dead under a car after she was reported missing.
At a press conference on Sunday morning, Gerald Darmanin, Minister of Interior, stated that the stormy episode had also caused 15 injuries, two of which were severe. A 13-year-old girl was one of the two people who were seriously hurt. According to the Minister of Interior, at least 705 interventions mobilizing 690 firefighters were made in France. This figure could rise to 2400 firefighters mobilized to 3500 interventions, according to BFM TV. On social media, images of large hailstones, lightning and torrents were shared. 15,000 homes remain without electricity despite the lifting of the orange vigilance in France on Sunday morning.
Meteo-France revealed that there was intense electrical activity, with approximately 50,000 lightning strikes within 24 hours. The location of these impacts in the last 24 hours, from Friday, 4 at 10:30 a.m., to Saturday, 5 at 10:30 am., is shown on a map at the Keraunos site (the French observatory for tornadoes) We can see that the impacts in the last 8 hours (represented in yellow and red) did not affect the Auvergne–Rhone–Alpes or Provence-Alpes–Cote d'Azur areas. They remained at the border of our respective regions.
Meteo France lifted the orange vigilance on Sunday morning to ensure that the storms did not disappear. As expected, each of our departments were affected by the storms since last night. This includes Savoie, northern Isere, and Drome.
At 11:05 AM, the center of Chambery in Savoie was engulfed in torrential rain.