Hail storm in France left 1 dead, dozens injured after extensive damage

PHOTO: A woman shows the rear window of a damaged vehicle in the village of Saint-Sornin, July 5, 2018, after violent hailstorms ripped through the area some 50 miles north-west of Bordeaux in western France late July 4.
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A woman shows the rear window of a damaged vehicle in the village of Saint-Sornin, July 5, 2018, after violent hailstorms ripped through the area some 50 miles north-west of Bordeaux in western France late July 4.

The southwest region of France was hit on Wednesday by violent winds and hailstorms that caused extensive damage to structures and cars -- and left one person dead and dozens injured.

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PHOTO: A residents hand shows the damage to a window of vehicle in the village of Saint-Sornin, July 5, 2018, after violent hailstorms ripped through the area some 50 miles north-west of Bordeaux in western France late July 4.Yohan Bonnet/AFP/Getty Images
A resident's hand shows the damage to a window of vehicle in the village of Saint-Sornin, July 5, 2018, after violent hailstorms ripped through the area some 50 miles north-west of Bordeaux in western France late July 4.

Local authorities in the Correze department announced that a 64-year-old man died on Wednesday after a tree fell. In addition, 46 people were injured because of the storm.

PHOTO: A damaged roof of a house is seen in the village of Saint-Sornin, July 5, 2018. Storms, accompanied by hailstones as big as tennis balls, caused serious damage to the area.Yohan Bonnet/AFP/Getty Images
A damaged roof of a house is seen in the village of Saint-Sornin, July 5, 2018. Storms, accompanied by hailstones as big as tennis balls, caused serious damage to the area.

As shown in pictures published after the storm, baseball-sized hailstones shattered car windows and wind up to 80 miles per hour ripped off multiples roofs in the region.

PHOTO: Workers repair the roof of a building in the village of Saint-Sornin, July 5, 2018, after violent hailstorms ripped through the area 50 miles north-west of Bordeaux in western France late July 4.Yohan Bonnet/AFP/Getty Images
Workers repair the roof of a building in the village of Saint-Sornin, July 5, 2018, after violent hailstorms ripped through the area 50 miles north-west of Bordeaux in western France late July 4.

On Thursday morning, 135,000 homes in the southwest part of France were still without electricity, according to supplier Enerdis.

National weather forecaster Meteo-France also lifted weather alerts on Thursday, which it had put in place in the region.

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