Unusually strong Storm Miguel hits Spain, France and Benelux with hurricane-force winds

Unusually strong Storm Miguel hits Spain, France and Benelux with hurricane-force winds

An unusually strong storm for this time of year is battering parts of Spain, France and Benelux on June 7, 2019, with wind gusts up to 150 km/h (93 mph). The storm was named Miguel on June 5 by the Spanish Met Agency. This is the 23rd named storm of the 2018/19 European windstorm season.

Homes were damaged, trees uprooted, coastal resorts deserted and public transport disrupted as Miguel lashed northern Span and continued toward the French coast.

Almost entire France is under some severe weather warning, with 10 departments on orange alert.

Flooding is likely as well as power outages, meteorologists warned.

Image credit: NASA Terra/MODIS. Acquired June 7, 2019

Enhanced risk has been issued for N France, Benelux into NW Germany with threat for severe winds, torrential rainfall, large hail and some tornado threat. A severe line of storms will develop along the front and rapidly push across the risk area from SW to NE direction in the afternoon hours. Strong LL shear / helicity ahead of the front could support tornadic storms as well. Damaging winds are possible. Enhanced risk has also been issued for W France into the Bay of Biscay and NW Spain with threat for severe to extremely severe winds, locally in excess of 130 km/h (80 mph), Severe Weather Meteorologists said.

Image credit: Severe Weather Europe

According to the BBC, Miguel has already ravaged parts of the Netherlands, downing a tree on a building which turned out to be one of the biggest cocaine labs ever discovered in the country.

Featured image: Storm Miguel on June 7, 2019. Credit: EUMETSAT

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