Thunderstorms: 11 Departments of Northeastern France on Orange Alert

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11 department put on Orange alert for thunderstorms by Meteo France

Severe thunderstorms, hail and strong winds are expected in the late afternoon in Lorraine, Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Franche-Comté on Orange Alert

Meteo France has placed 11 departments of Grand-Est and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in orange vigilance this Wednesday 5th June, 2019 for the risk of thunderstorms expected late afternoon in the northeast of the country.

In the Grand-Est, the Moselle, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Vosges, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Haute-Marne and Ardennes are concerned.

In Burgundy-Franche-Comté , the Territoire de Belfort, the Doubs and the Haute-Saône are also concerned.

“Big gusts of wind, even hail”

According to Meteo France, “sometimes heavy showers and thunderstorms develop on the north-east quarter, all accompanied by large gusts of wind, even hail.”

On the side of the French Observatory of tornadoes and violent storms, “these storms will be able to organize themselves to generate violent gusts of wind that can exceed 120 km/h”. “The risk of triggering microburst under hail cells and then very rainy is important,” warn forecasters.

Tuesday, it is the north of France which knew violent storms. In the Pas-de-Calais, teenagers who played football were struck by lightning. Two young footballers were seriously injured. One of them had a cardiac arrest.

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