Tornado and hailstorms in southern France – January 7, 2018

Strong thunderstorms hit extreme southern France on Sunday morning, producing at least one tornado and large hail.

The cutoff upper low that has been affecting western Europe for the past few days produced severe thunderstorms in extreme SSW of France on Sunday morning. The system had already produced tornadoes and hailstorms (as well as intense snowfall) in Spain. On Sunday morning an isolated supercell produced a tornado in St.-Jean-Pla-de-Corts, Pyrenees Orientales. Minor damage was reported.

Tornado in St.-Jean-Pla-de-Corts, Pyrenees Orientales, SW France- Video: Jean-Pierre Grau / @MeteoContact

Another view of the tornado in Saint-Jean-Pla-de-Corts, south France on Sunday morning (Jan 7). Video: Fred Hemar / @MeteoContact / @lindependant

Tornado in Maureillas-las-Illas, Pyrenees Orientales. Report: François François

Damage track of the tornado in St.-Jean-Pla-de-Corts. Report: Eric Plouvin / Infoclimat / Meteo Villes.

In addition, large hail up to 4 cm in diameter was reported on the same storm.

Large hail up to 4 cm in diameter reported in Vallespir and Ceret, Pyrenees Orientales. Report: @AgateMeteo TW

Radar imagery shows a long-lived supercell, moving across the extreme northeastern Spain, across the border into extreme southern France. It shows a distinct hook echo several times, on both sides of the border.