A mini-tornado, rain, and giant hailstones have wreaked havoc across France this weekend, with a church spire destroyed in Indre-et-Loire, cars smashed in Doubs, and flooding in Essonne and Reims.
The church in the Indre-et-Loire village of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil was damaged by a tornado, with strong gusts of wind toppling the spire. The falling stonework damaged cars underneath.
The commune’s salle des fêtes was also damaged, as were surrounding vines in the village’s wine-growing areas. No human injuries have been reported.
(Please note the video below contains adult language in French.)
Les images de la tornade en Indre-et-Loire ce samedi pic.twitter.com/U7JqG1w0PQ— BFMTV (@BFMTV) June 19, 2021
Meanwhile, in Vercel-Villedieu-le-Camp in Doubs, hailstones the size of tennis balls fell, smashing through car windows, and causing major damage to windscreens.
⚡️ [EN IMAGE] ⚠️ Vercel-Villedieu-le-Camp (Doubs), village détruit par des grêlons géants ⛈— Météo Franc-Comtoise (@Meteo_FC_) June 19, 2021
Je me suis rendu sur place pour constater les importants dégâts et pour venir en aide aux habitants… Certaines grêlons auront atteint 10cm !
Les habitants sont sous le choc… pic.twitter.com/BhzmVets36
Heavy rain and strong winds also caused flooding and damage in Essonne in Ile-de-France, and in Reims, Grand Est.
Alerts still in place
Thunderstorms and rain are still forecast for most of the country today (June 20), with temperatures still at 16-26C in the north, and around 24-27C in the south.
Météo France still has 28 departments on orange alert for thunderstorms and heatwave conditions.
Rain is forecast in the northwest tomorrow (June 21), with thunderstorms expected in the west in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Sunny spells are forecast in the east, southeast, and far south.
Swathes of France placed on orange alert for storms this weekend
Violent storms and 100kph winds cause heavy damage in southwest France
More storm warnings in southwest France, heatwave alert in southeast