A tornado in eastern France caused material damage on Friday, August 9, and seven people were injured, including one seriously, after his visit to Luxembourg.
Météo-France had placed 26 departments, ranging from Haute-Garonne to the Ardennes, in orange vigil because of a risk of "violent" storms. The tornado arrived in the north of Meurthe-et-Moselle around 18:00, where firefighters made about sixty interventions.
#Tornade during the stormy passage between 17h and 18h at # Pétange at #Luxembourg near #Longwy #GrandEst, via facebook Yves Reiff pic.twitter.com/NueoErefRIMeteos (@Meteos_) August 9, 2019
"Thirty houses were damaged in Longwy and Herserange, two neighboring municipalities, and the roof of a school in Longwy was particularly degraded," according to the prefecture, stating that there had been no injuries.
The tornado then continued its route in Luxembourg, with gusts of wind reaching 128 km / h, according to the meteorological services of the Grand Duchy. Seven people were injured, one seriously, and about 100 homes were damaged with torn roofs.
[Storms] a tornado hit shortly before 18h the municipalities of Bascharage and Petange impacting many homes and a supermarket. Specialized reinforcements en route. Difficult access due to blocked roads. Please do not clutter the 112. pic.twitter.com/LBsP3VNnwmCGDIS (@CGDISlux) August 9, 2019
Videos showing rooftops and fireplaces flying under the power of the wind quickly made the rounds of social networks. Other images showing torn trees, damaged vehicles and blocked roads were also broadcast.
Roads were flooded and sometimes cut by debris. Rail traffic between Luxembourg City and Longwy has also been disrupted, according to the Luxembourg Railways (CFL), which has announced a gradual restoration of links.