Violent storms are expected to hit France on Monday from 4pm with 14 departments placed on alert by national weather agency Météo France.
Swathes of France from the mountainous Massif Central area of southern France to areas bordering Luxembourg in the north east have been placed on orange alert – the second highest warning level the agency issues which urges the public to be “very vigilant”.
The 14 departments on alert are Allier, Ardennes, Aube, Cher, Corrèze, Creuse, Dordogne, Indre, Marne, Meuse, Nièvre, Puy-de-Dôme, Haute-Vienne and Yonne.
The warnings were issued at 10am on Monday morning and are set to remain in place until 6am on Tuesday.
There is also significant risk of hail, electrical activity and powerful gusts of wind during the storms.