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Toulouse tornadoes a hit on YouTube

Unusual spring weather in southern France has become an internet sensation – Toulouse tornadoes have taken YouTube by storm.

Toulouse tornadoes a hit on YouTube

The tornado was filmed by several inhabitants of the Muret and Seysses regions of south-west Toulouse Sunday night.

Yellow in colour, it formed in the sky and came down to the ground in about five minutes, causing some damage to a nearby farm.

The rest of France experienced high winds over the weekend, reaching 150km/h in some regions, causing trees to fall, ripping off roves and cutting off electricity to about 16,000 homes.

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South west France on red alert for flooding

Five areas in south west France have been placed on a red weather alert for flooding as storms lash the region.

South west France on red alert for flooding
Storms are moving in to south west France over the Pyrenees. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Météo France has placed five départements in south west France – Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne and Ariège – on a red weather alert for heavy rains and flooding.

Extremely heavy rainstorms have hit the area, with a band of storm clouds travelling along the Pyrenees, bringing the risk of avalanches in the mountains and flooding in lowland areas.

The neighbouring département of Pyrénées-Orientale is on orange alert, along with the principality of Andorra. In the north, Aisne is also on orange alert for heavy rain.

Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Monday, gradually easing off towards the evening, although the flood alerts remain in place until Tuesday. 

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