franceinfo : La tornade qui a touché la région de Longwy est-elle exceptionnelle ?
Tony Le Bastard : C’est relativement rare chez nous, mais tous les ans on a quand même quelques tornades qui sont observées. Elles restent souvent d’intensité très modeste comparativement à ce qu’on peut observer aux Etats-Unis, mais de temps en temps on observe des tornades assez violentes comme celle d’hier soir.
Comment expliquer la formation de cette tornade ?
On avait des conditions favorables à la formation d’orages, avec de l’air chaud et très humide dans les basses couches de l’atmosphère, et puis une dépression qui commençait à approcher de l’Irlande, et qui nous envoyait un peu d’air froid en altitude. Mais ce qui était un peu différent hier [vendredi], c’est qu’on avait des vents très particuliers en altitude, qui avaient tendance à tourner au fur et à mesure qu’ils montaient en altitude, et ces vents tournants favorisent la formation de supercellules, des orages surpuissants, qui ont une zone de rotation, et ça forme des (…)
News Devastating photos show the damage of Typhoon Lekima, which left at least 32 people dead and forced 1 million to evacuate in China
- Typhoon Lekima made landfall in China on August 10, resulting in widespread blackouts and some damaged property.
- Ahead of the Lekima’s arrival, 1 million people were evacuated from their homes and hundreds of flights were canceled across major airports in China.
- The typhoon also triggered a landslide in the port city of Wenzhou. As of Sunday evening, more than 6.5 million people were impacted by the storm, according to state media.
- At least 32 people have died and 16 others remain missing, local authorities said on Sunday.
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China was struck by the third-largest typhoon in its history on the morning of August 10.Typhoon Lekima triggered widespread blackouts, flight cancellations, and evacuations across major cities. Landslides and building collapses in China’s east Zhejiang Province left at least 32 people and left 16 others missing, local officials said Sunday, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua.The storm battered the coast south of Shanghai, the nation’s financial capital, which is home to more than 20 million people. The strongest typhoon of the year caused landslides which spurred hundreds of homes to collapse, according to NPR.As of Sunday, the storm was headed further north along the east coast and was expected to bring torrential rains and heavy winds to the Shandong Province, state media said.
Take a look at the devastation thus far.
Typhoon Lekima started out as a tropical depression on August 2, then quickly picked up speed as it headed northwest.
The tropical depression (essentially a group of thunderstorms) originated in the Philippine Sea. Five days later, on August 7, it morphed into a super typhoon, with a wind speed of at least 150 miles per hour.
Before making its way to China, the storm passed through the Philippines, where it caused flooding in more than 400 areas.
Aaron Favila/AP Photo
The Red Cross estimated that more than 17,000 households in the Philippines were affected by the disaster.
The storm prompted the cancellation of hundreds of flights across major airports in China.
Shanghai Disneyland was also closed due to inclement weather.
In 2017, the theme park became the most-visited site in China, with more than 11 million annual visitors.
A million people were evacuated from their homes ahead of the storm’s arrival.
Evacuees included more than 250,000 residents in Shanghai and 800,000 residents in China’s Zhejiang province.
Lekima made landfall in Eastern China on the morning of August 10.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration classifies Category 3 storms as capable of causing „devastating damage.”
The storm’s arrival triggered a landslide in the port city of Wenzhou, where a natural dam collapsed under pressure from heavy rain.
An estimated 200 homes in the Zhejiang province also collapsed due the storm.
Around 2.7 million of the province’s households endured blackouts as the storm ravaged electricity lines.
As of Sunday, the death toll from the storm rose to 32, and 16 more people were presumed missing.
Lekima is the third-largest typhoon on record in China.
As of Sunday evening, more than 6.5 million people were impacted by the storm, according to state media.
Shandong Province, located in the country’s east, was bracing for the torrential rains and heavy winds on Sunday.
Shandong braced for the impacts of the storm on Sunday, prompting flight cancellations and school closures, according to Reuters. The storm was expected to bring torrential rain and strong winds, state media said.