Violent storms set to sweep across France

Severe weather warnings were put in place for a huge swathe of France on Monday with violent storms set to sweep across the country from west to east.

Violent storms set to sweep across France
Photo: AFP

A total of 21 départements were put on “Orange Alert” – the second highest level of weather warning – with storms to hit much of the country on Monday afternoon and evening.

The warnings have been put in place because wind speeds are expected to pass 100km/h and there is a risk of hail storms and sudden downpours throughout the affected regions.

The country’s meteorological service Météo France placed the following departments on “Vigilance Orange”: Paris, Haute-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, Val-d’Oise, Yvelines, Seine-et-Marne, Essonne, Eure-et-Loire, Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Cher, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Vienne, Deux-Sevres, Haute-Vienne, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Dordogne and Gironde.

The warnings are to remain in place until 1am on Tuesday morning.

The storms are to hit the Gironde and Poitou-Charentes areas at the end of the afternoon and move across the country throughout the evening, becoming more violent as they head east.

Vigilance Orange means the public should take particular precaution when outside as they could be at risk of falling trees and pylons. They should also keep up to date with the changing situation.

Météo France says warnings may be placed on other areas of the country as the night progresses.

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Northern France on alert for violent storms after deluge hits Paris

Three départements in northern France were on alert for violent storms on Friday after Paris and other parts of the country were hit by downpours and the Eiffel Tower was struck by lightning (see pic).

Northern France on alert for violent storms after deluge hits Paris
A photo taken on June 10, 2014 shows a lightning strike during a thunderstorm over the city of Paris. Photo: JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP
Three departments in the north of the country were placed on orange alert for storms in the lunchtime bulletin from national forecaster Météo-France, as the storm system that hit Paris earlier Friday moves north.
Residents in Nord, Pas-de-Calais and  the Aisne were warned to expect strong electrical storms, with hail, strong winds and the possibility of localised flash flooding, with up to 60mm of rain forecast in some areas in just an hour.

Residents in the areas are advised to seek shelter indoors and stay away from rivers or trees during a storm.

And forecasters have warned that, after a few days of rising temperatures, storms are expected throughout the day on Friday.

Residents in the capital will be well aware of the conditions as storms hit early this morning as the system spread west.

And day very quickly turned to night as the conditions continued into rush hour.

A quarter of an hour was all it took for the deluge in several communes across the Seine-et-Marne department, flooding 90 houses in the 800-population village of Thieux on Wednesday. 

Twenty-four hours later, residents – who had spent the day cleaning up – were forced to evacuate again, as the storms returned.

The nearby communes of Messy, Gressy, Villeroy and Cherny were also hit as the storms battered large parts of the country.

This afternoon, heavy thunderstorms will extend from the Paris Basin towards Hauts-de-France, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine. 

Further south, storms will develop in the Pyrenees and spread deeper into the Occitanie. The weather will also become very unstable from Limousin to Auvergne with sometimes strong thunderstorms.

Overnight, powerful storms are forecast to hit Occitanie and Auvergne, while a few thunderstorms will still affect the regions north of the Seine, mainly between Hauts-de-France and Lorraine.