Severe thunderstorms, tennis ball-sized hail wreak havoc across France

Severe thunderstorms, tennis ball-sized hail wreak havoc across France

Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain and up to tennis ball-sized hail to France on June 3 and 4, 2022, wreaking havoc in vineyards across large parts of the country, leaving thousands of homes without power, one person dead and 15 injured – two of them seriously.

At least 9 killed as fast-moving severe thunderstorms hit the most populated part of Canada, leaving 1 000 km of damage

At least 9 killed as fast-moving severe thunderstorms hit the most populated part of Canada, leaving 1 000 km of damage

A line of fast-moving severe thunderstorms (derecho) swept over southern Ontario and Quebec – the most populated part of Canada – on May 21, 2022, leaving roughy 1 000 km (620 miles) of damage in its wake and at least 9 people dead. It developed near Sarnia, Ontario late Saturday morning and tracked northeast over southern Ontario toward Ottawa in the afternoon.

Widespread damage after Storm Emellinde hits Germany

Widespread damage after Storm Emellinde hits Germany

At least one person has been killed and more than 50 were injured on May 20, 2022, when a violent storm named ‘Emmelinde” hit Germany, spawning several tornadoes and leaving widespread damage.

Severe hailstorm decimates apricot crop in Spain

Severe hailstorm decimates apricot crop in Spain

A severe hailstorm struck Murcia, Spain on May 2, 2022, causing major damage to the apricot crop. The Region of Murcia is located in the southeast part of the Iberian Peninsula and produces two-thirds of Spain’s apricot. The storm comes one month after early April frost caused massive damage to stone fruit in Ebro valley, one of the most important producing areas of sweet fruit in Europe.