Violent storms set to lash Brittany and Normandy

National weather agency Météo France has issued a warning bulletin as violent storms are set to batter Brittany and Normandy in north western France towards the end of the week.

Violent storms set to lash Brittany and Normandy
Photo: AFP

Just as winter's icy grip on France seemed to relax, another weather phenomenon is set to batter France, or at least the north west.

Météo France said that the Atlantic sea will begin to swell in the afternoon and into the evening as a depression moves in from the west.

By Friday at noon, winds of up to 130 km/hr are tipped to hit the coastline of southern Brittany, while winds of up to 110 km/hr will whip the coasts of Normandy, further east. 
The agency said that at this point the sea will be “extremely agitated”. 
The strong winds are expected to reach speeds of 130 km/hr on the coastlines and up to 110 km/hr inland, the agency said in a bulletin. 
While it's early days as yet, Météo France warned that a separate storm may lash the coastlines on Saturday, potentially followed by a third on Sunday. 
And the rest of France won't necessarily be spared, with the agency tipping that the storms may head south. 
As yet, Météo France has not put any departments on alert, although this could change as the storm approaches.  

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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.