France pummeled by storm winds of over 150km/hr

Weather warnings are in place for large swathes of France as wind speeds hit over 190km/hr on Monday.

France pummeled by storm winds of over 150km/hr
Photo: AFP
National weather agency Météo France updated the number of departments on orange alert to 31 on Monday morning, as fierce winds lashed much of the country.
The town of Camaret, in Brittany, already saw record winds of 193km/hr during Monday morning, reported Europe 1 radio. 
An orange alert is the second highest alert on the agency's scale, and urges residents to be vigilant. 
The departments on alert are:
Cantal, Corse-du-Sud, Haute-Corse, Loire, Haute-Loire, Lozère, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône, Allier, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Cher, Corrèze, Côtes-d'Armor, Creuse, Finistère, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne, Morbihan, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, Vienne, and Haute-Vienne. 
Later on Monday morning, the agency added another four departments: Alpes-Maritimes, Dordogne, Gironde, and Var to take the total to 31. 
Winds are expected to reach up to 150km/hr on Brittany's coastline and 120km/hr inland.
Heavy rainfall has been predicted in some areas too. 
The agency said that residents could expect “significant damage” caused by the wind and disruptions to local traffic. 
It warned that there was a possibility of cuts to electricity and telephone lines. 
The agency warned residents in affected areas to stay off the rooftops and to secure objects that are liable to be blown away.
Elswhere, the entire island of Corsica was issued an orange alert for flood risks as well as “particularly strong winds”.
Residents were told to avoid getting too close to the sea, or indeed anywhere that was already flooded.
The warnings are in place until Tuesday at 10am. 

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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.