Violent storms put swathe of France on alert

UPDATED: Much of France was in for some rough weather on Wednesday as the country’s meteorological service issued storm warnings for 32 departments across the country.

Violent storms put swathe of France on alert
Storms set to hit a swathe of France on Wednesday. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

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.

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.

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