Uthe first victim of bad weather. On Saturday, June 4, Rouen City Council announced the death of a woman trapped under her car. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin previously announced that a woman was missing in Rouen (Seine-Maritime), while two-thirds of the country is on orange alert for storms. The victim was in his thirties, according to Agence France Presse from the mayor’s office. “She was found, but she died,” the source said.
Earlier, a hailstorm that passed through the Landes and Gers on Friday severely affected part of the Armagnac vineyard, where the vineyard was “chopped” and “looted” by hailstones several centimeters and by the wind. Press on Saturday 4 June. These two departments are part of the 65 placed from Saturday at 16.00 until Sunday morning in orange surveillance for storms, with a new risk of heavy hail.
“This hail corridor crossed the entire Lando-Gers border and it is estimated that between 4 and 5,000 hectares of vineyards were affected, and several tens of thousands of hectares of crops in the Gers,” said the President of the Chamber Departmental. of Agriculture Bernard Malabirade. According to him, the three-centimeter hail caused significant damage to the west of this department.
“In Montreal-du Gers, we had a bigger hailstone than a golf ball!” -Labarrère and Fourcès (Gers). “Indeed, there was a disaster, but it is too early to make a global assessment,” he said.
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Is the 2023 harvest already under threat?
In Frêche (Landes), 25 km from Mont-de-Marsan, winemaker Nelly Lacave has found her 8.5 hectares of “chopped” vineyards. “It’s an apocalyptic scene,” he told an AFP correspondent. “There is nothing left in the vineyards, the roof of our farm is a giant Swiss cheese and the windows of the house have been broken. My father, who is almost 70 years old, has never seen it. ” With the frosts (early spring), we already had a 50% loss. After the hail, we have 100%, ”added Nelly Lacave, who also noticed heavy damage to her tens of hectares of sunflower and corn. According to her, even her 2023 harvest is in danger: “An injured vine as it is today will be very difficult to prune this winter and have a decent harvest next year.”
A speech also supported by the president of the Landes Chamber of Agriculture, Marie-Hélène Cazaubon, according to which this damage to the “still tender vegetation”, “can impact the vineyard for one or two years” and ” it will take a lot of work. ” of cleaning and pruning, to save what can still be saved ”.
In Labastide-d’Armagnac (Landes), the mayor of the commune Alain Gaube believes that he has “lost between 70 and 90% of the vineyards”. “On the ground, there are a lot of leaves and grapes. The grapes that remain (in the vineyard) are already brown, they are dead “, he pointed out. According to an AFP correspondent, the roads in the area are strewn with leaves and branches and some broken trees. Landes firefighters carried out 78 interventions in 28 municipalities in relation to the weather episode and up to 4,500 homes were deprived of electricity, according to the prefecture. No injuries were reported.
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Concerts canceled in Paris
In the Paris region, the “We Love Green” festival has had to cancel all the concerts scheduled for this Saturday. “Due to heavy rain and storms, we have to cancel the festival tonight. Go calmly to the exit “, says a tweet from the organization. “We will meet tomorrow (note, Sunday)”, add the organizers. About 40,000 people have been asked to leave, according to information from the Parisian.
“The conditions are not pleasant for the public or for the artists,” a speaker on stage announced earlier, according to an AFP journalist at the time. The environmentally conscious festival reopened on Thursday at the Bois de Vincennes, after two editions canceled due to the health crisis (2020 and 2021). Thursday’s opening night was marked by the concert of Gorillaz, one of the bands of the British Damon Albarn.
Phoenix Versailles and rapper SCH were scheduled for Saturday. The other headliners of the event are Angèle, PNL, Juliette Armanet, scheduled for Sunday. We Love Green had hosted a total of 80,000 people in 2019 during its last edition.
30,000 welcomed explorers
France’s 30,000 unit scouts gathered at the Chambord (Loir-et-Cher) national estate on the occasion of the Pentecost weekend to protect themselves from violent storms, including a third inside the castle itself, organizers said. . The department of Loir-et-Cher is one of the 65 departments put under “storm” orange surveillance by Météo France from Saturday 4 June, at 4 pm, until Sunday morning.
“It simply came to our notice then. It lasted a few minutes, but it was relatively strong and a gust of wind tore down the Cubs’ tents, which we are in the process of assembling, “Damien Tardy, head of relations with the movement’s press, told Agence France Presse. “Ten thousand young people, aged between 8 and 12, took refuge in the castle in collaboration with the prefecture,” he added. They are in tents under a few ponchos, and when I went to sing them, as the scouts do even in case of difficulty, “said Damien Tardy, adding that this is a difficult time ”but“ fairly well managed ”.
Asked by AFP, the director of the National Domain of Chambord Jean d’Haussonville said that the shelter has passed “calmly and in a good mood thanks to the recovery plan planned by the prefecture.” The castle was closed to the public from 3.30am. pm in anticipation of the storm. The idea was to accommodate the youngest in the castle, that is, about 10,000 people. The older ones stayed on the buses protected from lightning and hail. We expect a second storm around 7:30 p.m. “