Severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and hail wreaked havoc across France from June 03, 2022. One person died in floodwaters in Rouen.
The Ministry of the Interior reported on June 4, 2022 that 65 departments across the country were affected by bad weather. More than 3,500 interventions were carried out by firefighters. Damage to electrical infrastructure has left thousands of homes without power. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said one person died in flood waters in Rouen. Across the country, 15 people were injured, two of them seriously.
For the first time in more than 20 years, Météo-France has issued orange level alerts for 65 departments of the country. Many other departments were under yellow level alert.
Météo-France reported that some areas had received a month of rain in just 12 hours until the start of June 05, 2022, including 74 mm in Saint Yan (Saône et Loire) and 54 mm in Donnemarie-Dontilly (Seine et Marne) . Vichy (Allier) recorded 57mm and St Didier en Donjon (Allier) 54mm, about 75% of typical June rainfall.
Roads and streets were flooded across the country, including in parts of the capital, Paris, and in the northern departments of Yvelines, Seine-Maritime, Eure and Eure-et – Dormouse. Authorities have warned that Eure levels are dangerously high in Eure-et-Loir. Local media reported that 2 bridges over the river in the Mayenne department were washed away.
Météo-France also reported around 50,000 lightning strikes in 24 hours to June 05 and winds of 106 km / h in Saint Gervais d’Auvergne (Puy de Dôme) with several other areas also recorded wind gusts of more than 100 km/h. Hail of 5 to 8 cm was reported in certain parts of the Allier department.