In Normandy, France, more than three-thousand people were homeless May 5, after a tornado storm in the night.
GV Field of uprooted trees
LV Flattered building
Roof section on telegraph wires
GV Damaged school with roof torn off
CU Damaged roof
GV Damaged dwelling houses, debris, belongings in street
SV People among debris
Debris around damaged house
SV Wrecked car, debris
SV Man retrieves bedding from debris
SV Another wrecked car
GV Debris etc. around damaged factory
LV Overturned crane by factory
SV Wreckage around factory
GV Debris destroyed workers huts
CU Child toys among debris
SV Another workers hut destroyed
SV Upturned caravan
CU Worker retrieves belongings from caravan
GV Wrecked dwellings, mass of debris
LV Wrecked dwellings
SV Showing farmhouse, all slates blown off roof
LV Buses and coaches in wrecked garage
GV Storm swept area
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Background: In Normandy, France, more than three-thousand people were homeless May 5, after a tornado storm in the night. Three people were killed and 300 were injured.
The tornado hit the town of Evreux for only ten minutes, but in that time an area of about two square miles was laid waste. One eye witness described the scene as "apocalyptic."
In the district around Evreux, fallen trees blocked roads already littered with mangled cars. After the tornado came hailstorms and torrential rain.
In the light of day householders took account of the destruction done so quickly and so suddenly. One estimate put the damage done by the freak storm at more the GBP1M.