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article image135,000 without power as severe storms sweep through France

By Leigh Goessl     Jul 28, 2013 in World
As severe summer storms swept through France this weekend, over 100,000 people are left without electricity. Heavy winds blew down a pavilion in one town and 30 people were injured.
France was hit with severe weather this weekend as a summer storm arrived on Friday night and left "at least 135,000 homes" without power, according to France 24.
Friday night's stormy weather continued into Saturday morning.
In the town of Joinville, located in the northeastern Haute-Marne region, 30 people were injured after a large pavilion was blown over into a crowd of 300-400 people. At least six of the injured are reported to be in serious condition.
According to France 24, the country's national weather service is issuing warnings of additional alerts through Sunday into Monday morning. These warnings include hail, heavy rain and high winds for some regions.
Accuweather reported the highest risks associated with this storm are the strong wind gusts.
Several areas of the country are still without power. Currently 1,000 utility employees are out working to restore electricity.
"The goal is to do everything possible to restore the maximum number of customers with power by tomorrow night," an ERDF spokesman told AFP.
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