DEFORESTATION STORMS, France. Europe. Champagne Ardenne, Haut Marne, near St Dizier and Chaumont. Hurricane force winds uprooted millions of trees across Europe. Dry weather followed by heavy rain made the roots vulnerable. Winds of 100-200kmh swept through the land causing havoc. Hundreds of millions of trees were knocked down. Hundreds of millions of tons of wood swamped timberyards.