Violent storms set to lash central and southern France

Large parts of central and southern France have been placed on alert with violent storms set to batter swathes of the country.

Violent storms set to lash central and southern France
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France is bracing itself for more violent storms as 15 departments in central and southern parts of the country are placed on orange alert by national weather agency Meteo France
The 15 departments placed on orange alert – the second highest warning level the agency issues which urges the public to be “very vigilant” – are Allier, Ariège, Aveyron, Cantal, Corrèze, Creuse, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Loire, Haute-Loire, Lot, Puy-de-Dôme, Hautes-Pyrénées, Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne.

Map: Meteo France 


The departments where warnings were issued on Wednesday at 10.30am are currently expected to remain on alert until Thursday at 6am. 
The warnings come a day after violent storms hit Brittany and Normandy in the north west of France with people taking to Twitter to show the dramatic weather. 


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.