A severe storm hit Brittany, northwestern France on Sunday, June 3 and Monday, June 4, 2018, dumping a month's worth of rain on the city of Morlaix in less than an hour. No injuries have been reported but the material damage is substantial.
The storm quickly turned roads into raging rivers and caused severe flooding across the department of Finistère.
Stéven Tual, Meteo Bretagne meteorologist, said that around a month’s worth of rain fell in less than an hour. Morlaix received 52 mm (2 inches) of rain and Monts d’Arrée 70 mm (2.75 inches). Within 3 hours, Morlaix received two months' worth of rain.
#Météo #Bretagne #Morlaix #Orages Ce sont de véritables torrents de pluie qui ont déversé les pentes escarpées du Bas-Morlaix. Il est tombé 52 mm dans la sous-préfecture du Finistère et plus de 70mm dans les Monts d'Arrée.— Stéven Tual (@StevenTual_off) June 3, 2018
Vidéo: Quentin Batogé pic.twitter.com/jS45iN2iGQ
#Météo #Bretagne #Morlaix #Orage Crue importante en cours du Morlaix et de ses affluents comme ici à Ste-Sève (29). Il est tombé l'équivalant de trois semaines à un mois de pluie en seulement 30 minutes.— Stéven Tual (@StevenTual_off) June 3, 2018
Vidéo: Agnès Fournis pic.twitter.com/u8bXE9VfCE
Bretagne: RT @StevenTual_off #Meteo #Bretagne #Orages #Grele photos observées à Carantec, Erquy, Morlaix et Henanbihen (22) ( Photographie : Sandaille La Bataille - Couleurs Météo Bretagne)@rvlwn1 @KeraunosObs pic.twitter.com/iJnykoYCp2 pic.twitter.com/KteTP2fMcB— PBN (@heoltom) June 4, 2018
Scientists working for Vigicrues, country's flood information system, said the storm has generated more rainfall than expected and that watercourses in the area are likely to increase further with more rain expected through Tuesday.
According to the Floodlist, the Jarlot river that runs through Morlaix jumped from 0.82 m (2.7 feet) at 06:00 CET on June 3, to 2 m (6.5 feet) by 18:00 on the same day.
This is the highest level of this river since measurements began. The previous record was 1.96 m (6.43 feet), recorded on February 6, 2014.
Featured image: Storm over Brittany, France on June 3, 2018. Credit: Sandaille La Bataille - Couleurs, Météo Bretagne
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