Hail the size of golf balls: images of the violent hailstorms that hit the South West on Monday evening

Violent thunderstorms and hailstorms hit the south-west of France on Monday evening, in particular the departments of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Gironde, Landes, Charente and Charente-Maritime, on alert until this morning. In total, 12 departments remain on orange alert this Tuesday.

The stormy episode of the night gave very strong thunderstorms with strong accumulations of rain, large hail (in places more than 7 cm in diameter) and strong gusts of wind. Thus, on a reading of 55 mm at Clion (17), 42 mm at La Couronne (16), 41 mm at Angoulême (16), and gusts of wind of 113 km/h at Angoulême (16), 112 km/h in Cognac, 109 km/h in Cap-Ferret (33) and 106 km/h in Bordeaux-Mérignac (33), 33 mm in Châteauroux (36), very locally more than 50 mm on the Loiret, as reported by Météo- France in its bulletin.

These images bear witness to the violence of the storms.

u26c8 Impressive images of the violent hailstorm that has just swept across the south of Charente-Maritime, here in Coux. The Angoulême region will be hit. (u00a9 Jordan Plc) pic.twitter.com/nEN4Qae3db

— Weather Express (@WeatherExpress) June 20, 2022

Hailstones the size of golf balls

These major hailstorms accompanied by gusts of wind required 700 firefighters to intervene in Gironde for material damage. At this time, two minor injuries are to be deplored.

Météo France expects a “stormy degradation” who will start “to the Massif Central around 4 p.m.”. The weather service predicts “very intense electrical activity”, “locally heavy hailstorms”, “intense accumulations of precipitation, occasionally reaching 30 to 50 mm, locally more sometimes in less than an hour” and “violent gusts of wind which can reach values ​​of 80 to 100 km / h and more at peak in places”.

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