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Violent storms put swathe of France on alert

Ben McPartland · 21 May 2014, 12:08

Published: 21 May 2014 12:08 GMT+02:00

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A swathe of France stretching from Dordogne in the south to Pas-de-Calais in the north was on alert for storms on Wednesday.

Météo France issued the orange alerts – the second highest ranking of weather warning – as the storms spread across the country.

Storms currently hitting the Gironde, western France, as well as Poitou-Charente, will intensify throughout the afternoon as they pass through several departments placed on alert, Météo France says.

The departments affected are: L'Allier, la Charente, le Cher, la Corrèze, la Creuse, la Dordogne, l'Eure, l'Eure-et-Loir, l'Indre, l'Indre-et-Loire, le Loir-et-Cher, le Loiret, la Nièvre, l'Oise, le Pas-de-Calais, le Puy-de-Dôme, Paris, la Seine-Maritime, la Seine-et-Marne, les Yvelines, la Somme, la Vienne, la Haute-Vienne, l'Yonne, l'Essonne, la Seine-Saint-Denis, le Val-de-Marne, les Hauts-de-Seine and le Val-d'Oise.

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Météo France expects "unusually" intense downpours, which could see 60mm to 70mm of rain fall in a short time and warns that the storms may be accompanied by hail.

Météo France said gales of up to 100kp/h were also expected as the storms sweep across the country.

Ben McPartland (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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