In Saint-Étienne, a violent storm causes an impressive accumulation of hail

Capture @BikeGaga sur Twitter In Saint-Étienne, an impressive accumulation of hail and raging thunderstorms

Capture @BikeGaga sur Twitter

In Saint-Étienne, an impressive accumulation of hail and raging thunderstorms

WEATHER – The elements were unleashed on the Loire on this Wednesday afternoon August 17. After the successive heat waves of recent weeksthe heat wave gave way to thunderstorms, in very violent places. This is particularly the case in Saint-Étienne and its surroundings, where an impressive hailstorm hit, covering the ground in places with a thick white layer.

Between gusts of wind at 130 km/h, torrents of rain and floods, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, who was on orange alert, was in turn a victim of the severe weather. Hail was reported in Saint-Étienne, La Tourette, Périgneux, Aboen, Saint-Maurice-en-Gourgois and Villars. Power cuts have been reported in La Talaudière, reports France Blue, which specifies that the Enedis teams intervened.

159 interventions were in progress in the middle of the afternoon, and 117 firefighters were mobilized on the ground after the passage of this violent weather, announced the prefecture of the Loire in a press release, specifying that no victim was to be deplored. . Train traffic was interrupted between Saint-Étienne and Lyon, before resuming shortly after 5 p.m. It will not resume this evening, however, on the Saint-Étienne-Roanne and Saint-Étienne-Boën axes, announced the SNCF.

Flooded buildings of the CHU Nord de Saint-Étienne

On social networks, many have shared impressive videos of the stormy episode.

The CHU Nord de Saint-Étienne was also affected. The prefecture evokes the flood of ” some buildings “, most ” not impacting care services ».

According The Weather Channelin Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, it fell locally “ the equivalent 3 weeks of rain in the last hour “, especially in the town of Mornant.

Of the “Severe storms crossed the Stéphanois then the Lyonnais”with gusts “up to 130 km/h” and of “heavy hail”, indicates the specialized media. In these regions, Météo-France predicts hailstones of “more than 3 cm”but with cumulative rains “generally less than 30 mm” due to the rapid passage of thunderstorms.

A few hours later, the storm hit the Lyon area, where flooding was observed. According to several publications on Twitter, the municipality of Feyzin was particularly affected.

Pas-de-Calais and part of the former Rhône-Alpes region were placed on Tuesday afternoon in orange vigilance. Ain, Isère, Rhône, Haute-Savoie and Pas-de-Calais have joined the list of departments most exposed to the risk of violent storms in the 4:00 p.m. report from Météo-France, which maintains the whole of the metropolis in yellow vigilance.

See also on Le HuffPost : After the heat wave, they were surprised by violent hailstorms

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