The Montpon-Ménestérol “mini-tornado” was as rapid as it was brutal. This is evidenced by the damage caused to houses but also to trees. The gusts of winds caused the fall of a bicentennial tree.

Broken in two, the oak has lived through two centuries of history but it did not withstand the tornado that hit a hamlet of Montpon-Ménestérol this Thursday, June 17. The gusts of winds were extremely localized. There were no casualties but damage to the houses. 25 houses saw tiles washed away, two saw their roofs severely damaged and a family of four was relocated. The Dordogne firefighters spent part of the evening on site to cover the roofs.

This century-old oak tree, it was planted in the garden of Agathe and Florent Tery, it was a little “the ancestor of the house” and “the lung of the garden” explains Florent. The couple had been very attached to it since they moved in with their family five years ago. This Friday morning, Agathe and Florent looked around the damage, still in shock: “In the space of 10 to 20 seconds, everything was washed away. The tiles flew away, the veranda rose. It was flying. everywhere, it was panic, we had a big fright “testifies the couple on France Bleu Périgord.

An expert was on site this Friday morning, Guillaume Vergnole explains why the damage is so localized: “it is the peculiarity of a tornado, it devastates everything on a corridor of 40, 50 or 60 meters, there is nothing to do”.

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