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Violent #Thunderstorm And #Hailstorm Pounds SE #France

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Firefighters in France’s southeastern Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region have been inundated with hundreds of emergency calls after a violent hail storm pounded nine departments on Saturday afternoon. In Haute-Savoie, a woman was killed by a falling tree.

The 51 year-old German woman was killed when a tree fell on her caravan parked at a campground in Taninges in Haute-Savoie.

Elsewhere in Savoie, the storm caused flooding and some material damage. The firefighters were called out to assist at least 30 times.

Several trees fell on SNCF train lines, in particular between Chambéry and Montmélian.Police opened a nearby gymnasium for people to shelter as they waited out the delays.

The departments of Haute-Savoie along with Haute-Loire, Loire, Rhône, Drôme, l’Ardèche, l’Ain, l’Isère, and Savoie were placed on an ‘orange’ storm warning category which was lifted late afternoon on Saturday.

France’s agricultural minister Didier Guillaume announced on Sunday that a natural disaster zone would be declared in the coming hours.

“The zone will be outlined in the coming 48 hours,” Guillaume told France Info, referring to the damage in the Drome area.

Firefighters were called some 200 times to assist people in the area around the town of Romans-sur-Isère, where farmers were particularly affected by the storm.

A dozen people were treated for minor injuries and 2,300 households were left without electricity until the evening.

“It was apocalyptic,” Marie-Hélène Thoravaldes, mayor of the town, told France Info.

The bad weather also struck western Switzerland on Saturday afternoon, bringing hail and winds reaching up to 110 km/h, according to the national forecaster MeteoSwiss.

A woman drowned in Lake Geneva when her sightseeing boat sank, police said.

A man who was in the same boat was able to swim to another vessel from where he fired “two flares”, Joanna Matta, police spokeswoman for the canton (region) of Geneva, told AFP.

The victim, whose nationality remains unknown, was then taken to a hospital in Geneva where she was declared dead.

In a separate incident, the storm also damaged some of the 465 boats taking part in the 81st edition of the Bol d’Or, an annual regatta on Lake Geneva, the event’s press service said.

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Double the typical #June #rainfall in 2 days triggers #flooding, #travel #chaos in the #UK

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As heavy rain threatens to trigger more flooding in parts of the United Kingdom into Thursday morning, some areas have already recorded double the typical June rainfall earlier this week.

Bouts of heavy rain caused areas in the central U.K. to record twice the amount of rain that typically falls each June in two days earlier this week.

In the 48 hours ending on Wednesday morning, a total of 107.2 mm (4.22 inches) inundated Holbeach in Lincolnshire. Rainfall at the town for the entire month averages 53.2 mm (2.09 inches).

Other rainfall totals during this time in Lincolnshire included 122.8 mm (4.83 inches) at Stenigot and 99.2 mm (3.90 inches) at Tetford, according to data from the Met Office.

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Runoff from heavy rain completely covered the rails of a Network Rail line on 11 June 2019. (Twitter photo/@NetworkRailSE)

Hawarden in northeastern Wales averages 59.2 mm (2.33 inches) each June, but recorded 66.8 mm (2.63 inches) from Monday night to Wednesday morning.

Ham Hill and Eynsford were among the wettest locations in Kent from Monday into Monday night as 94.6 mm (3.72 inches) and 90.1 mm (3.55 inches), respectively, poured down.

The number of flash flooding incidents continued to mount across the U.K. as rainfall totals increased.

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Flooding covered a road in Snodland, Kent, on 10 June 2019. (Twitter photo/@Mickyfuller)

From Tuesday into Tuesday night, the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue responded to more than 100 flood-related calls.

Kent Fire and Rescue Services were called to rescue a woman in her 80s and her dog from a flooded property near Sevenoaks on Monday night. No injuries were reported.

As the River Waring overflowed its banks, low-lying land and roads were flooded in Horncastle. The level of the river at Horncastle Banks Road crested at 1.33 meters (4.36 feet) during the early afternoon of Tuesday. Minor flood stage is 0.68 of a meter (2.23 feet).

The M25 in Kent was closed in both directions from Monday night into Tuesday morning after two sinkholes opened, according to BBC News. Travel chaos also extended to railways.

Many rivers throughout the Midlands, Wales and England rose above minor flooding stage.

A total of 34 mm (1.34 inches) of rain was recorded at London’s Heathrow Airport in the 24 hours ending on Tuesday morning. More than 400 flights were delayed on Monday, FlightAware reported.

As the rain soaked the Midlands and into Wales and South West England, the Cricket World Cup fixture between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Bristol was called off on Tuesday.

The heaviest rain into Thursday morning is expected to spread from the East Midlands to North East England, threatening to aggravate ongoing or trigger new flash flooding. There can also be a period of downpours over the West Midlands and eastern Wales.

The U.K. is expected to remain in the midst of an unsettled weather pattern with showery spells Friday into this weekend.

By Kristina Pydynowski /