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The storm of 2013 and its aftermath
In July 2013, France experienced the worst heat wave since 1900. This was followed by thunderstorms that caused huge damage from Caen to Strasbourg. Everywhere, winds of over 62 miles/h (100 km/h), topped with hail, spread panic. The Verzenay mill, emblematic of the Champagne-Ardenne region, lost three of its wings, although they were firmly attached. The old grain mill built in the 19th century (1820) is still standing. A few months later, four new 9-metre-long wings, each weighing 1,543 lbs (700 kilos), were installed.
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