Storms are wreaking havoc across France

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Storms across much of France on Saturday killed a woman, damaged vineyards and forced thousands of wolf cubs to run for shelter.

In contrast, the Mediterranean island of Corsica recorded record temperatures for the month of June. A woman has died after being trapped under a car by flashes of water caused by a storm in the northern city of Rouen, the town hall announced.

In Landes and Gers in southwestern France, hailstones larger than golf balls pounded parts of Armagnac vineyards, local producers and officials said. Bernard Malabirade, president of the Gers department of agriculture, said the hailstorm had affected tens of thousands of hectares.

In the south-west of the Landes, winemaker Nelly Lacave described the destruction left by the storm. “In the vineyards, there is nothing left, the roof of our agricultural building is a giant Swiss cheese, and in the house, the windows are broken,” she told AFP.

“My father, who is almost 70, has never seen this,” she added. Electricity company Enedis said on Saturday evening that the storms knocked out power to around 5,000 homes across the country. In Loir-et-Cher, central France, 30,000 scouts who gathered for a camping trip over the Pentecost weekend had to be transported to safety, many inside the local castle.

“The storm broke around 4:30 p.m.,” scout spokesman Damien Tardy told AFP. “It lasted a few minutes, but it was relatively strong, and a gust of wind caused the Cubs’ tents to collapse. “Ten thousand young people, aged 8 to 12, were accommodated inside the castle. with the assistance of the prefecture. ,” he added.

Some of the older Scouts, however, remained camping. “They were singing when I went to see them.” Cap Corse, in the north of the island of Corsica, recorded 37.4 degrees Celsius (99.3 Fahrenheit), meteorologists France-Météo said, a record for the month of June.

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

(AFP)