top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

Freak storm buries town in eastern France under 60cm of hail

Firefighters called out more than 100 times as extreme weather batters town - but no injuries are reported

It looked like winter had returned to eastern France after a dramatic storm has buried one town under 60cms of hail and forced homeowners to dig out their snowshovels to clear the streets. 

Firefighters were called out more than 100 times after some 60cm of hail fell suddenly on the Vosges’ town of Plombières-les-Bains, while just 40 minutes travel away in Bruyères, 10mm of rain was recorded in six minutes, such was the ferocity of the storm. 

Tiles were blown away, cellars flooded and trees were uprooted on to power lines, leaving many homes without power, while tractors helped in the clean-up after the storm had passed.

No injuries have been reported. 

Traffic was forced to a near standstill on the RN57 near Plombières as conditions worsened. 

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now