August 1, 2021

A tornado tears off the steeple of the church of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil

A minitornado crossed several villages of Indre-et-Loire, Saturday, June 19, and caused the collapse of the bell tower of the church in the town of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil. This one fell inside the religious building, without making a victim. Pieces of the bell tower also damaged, in their fall, vehicles which were near the church. The tornado also tore off the roof of the village hall, which was to host the ballot for the departmental and regional elections, the first round of which will take place on Sunday, June 20.

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The bad weather affected a large geographical area, ranging from Chouzé-sur-Loire to Château-la-Vallière, according to the sub-prefect of Chinon. “The shocked people are gathered in the gymnasium of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and will be taken care of by the Red Cross”, he told the regional daily The New Republic.

About forty houses in Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, power lines, trees and vines were affected, but the damage has not yet been precisely assessed, according to The New Republic. An important security system is currently deployed under the responsibility of the sub-prefect of Chinon.

Saturday, Météo-France placed forty-eight departments on orange vigilance, because of violent thunderstorms expected in the afternoon. “Thunderstorms will be characterized by strong electrical activity, intense rains (20 mm to 50 mm in a short time), hail and gusts of wind often close to 80 km / h, which can locally exceed 100 km / h”, had informed the weather forecast service. These storms must evacuate to Belgium during the night, Météo-France added.

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