The departments of southwestern and central France are currently under orange storm alert, with high winds, rain and hail expected at least until 6 a.m. tomorrow (September 9).
These weather conditions could cause flooding or lightning damage to property, and residents are urged to secure all property that is exposed to the elements.
Insurance companies are normally aware of extreme weather events, but in some cases, especially when the storm is very localized, they may ask for evidence of what happened.
Obtaining a bad weather certificate
Météo-France offers a weather proof service throughout the country and this bad weather certificate is accepted by all insurance companies.
The certificate covers an entire day, which can be useful for owners of second homes who may not be aware of the exact hours.
Météo-France also has a lightning strike certificate which, while not confirming an impact on your home, attests to lightning and thunderstorms in a specific area of the country.
To support this, the weather research site keraunos.org studies lightning strikes and offers historical maps of affected areas.
Certificates can be ordered on services.meteofrance.com and cost € 73.20 each.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Météo-France advises against payment by check, encouraging customers to use a debit card to avoid delays in processing their order.
“Despite our efforts to maintain our services, there may also be an extended wait for weather certificate orders,” the service said on its website.
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