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South western and central France placed on alert for violent storms

UPDATED: After last week's scorching temperatures, 17 departments in the south west of France have now been placed on alert for violent storms on Tuesday.

South western and central France placed on alert for violent storms
Photo: AFP
French national weather agency Météo France has placed 17 departments in the south west of France on “Orange” storm alert – the second highest level of warning. 
 
The Orange alert means the public are advised to be “very vigilant” especially when out and about. People are advised to take shelter when the storm is approaching.
 
Initially 13 departments were given storm warnings.
 
They were: Aveyron, Corrèze, Dordogne, Gers, Gironde, Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrénées, Landes, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne. 
 
But later on Wednesday Météo France added the departments of Allier, Cantal, Creuse and Puy-de-Dôme in central France.
 
The alerts are in place until Wednesday morning.
 
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“Strong storms will start to develop at the beginning of the afternoon in northern Spain and the Bay of Biscay, and will push into the area around the Massif central,” said Meteo France. “These will be accompanied by violent showers, strong gusts of wind and hail.”
 
The storms are predicted to hit the mountainous Massif central area in southern France and the former province of the Languedoc on Tuesday evening, before reaching the Midi-Pyrénées in the evening. 
 
The storms are hiting soon after the south west was roasting under a heatwave during which temperature were nearly at a whopping 40C.

 

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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. 

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