A violent storm hits France

NATURAL DISASTER WARNINGS

Violent thunderstorms swept France on Saturday, killing one person and injuring 15 others, two of them seriously. Thousands of households remained without electricity.

Forecaster Météo France placed 65 departments on orange alert (the second-highest) yesterday before lifting the warning this morning (Sunday, June 5). Yellow alerts for rain, storms, and flooding are still in place in 59 departments (from Côtes-d’Armor in the northwest to Var in the southeast).

France-Meteo has warned more storms were on the way, starting in the southwest and moving north and east across the country.

For more information about how to stay safe, please see our safety ADVISORY.

Source: Twitter, France-Mateo, France24

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Storm - Safety Advice

How to prepare 

  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away and cause damage
  • Know your evacuation routes
  • Be aware of your location
  • Get Emergency supplies
  • Make a plan in case of disaster
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers handy
  • Make sure important documents are safe in waterproof containers
  • Be prepared for power outages
  • Charge your mobile phone to ensure you have a reception
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area

How to stay safe

  • Take safe shelter immediately inside a sturdy building, away from windows, doors and electrical appliances.
  • If there is no shelter around you, stay away from trees
  • Avoid metal
  • Stay out of the water
  • Do not use your cell phone during a thunderstorm
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater
  • Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater
  • Avoid landline telephones and unplug all unnecessary electrical appliances, as telephone lines and metal pipes conduct electricity
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you

After the storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened
  • Avoid flooded areas
  • Check your home and property for damage.
  • Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary
  • Use the internet, radio and local media for news updates