Northern France on alert for high winds of up to 130km/h

France continues to be buffeted by harsh weather as parts of Normandy and the north east of the country are placed on alert for high winds.

Northern France on alert for high winds of up to 130km/h
The country's weather agency Météo France placed 13 departments on alert on Wednesday afternoon for high winds.
The orange alerts – the second highest level of weather warning are in place from 9pm on Wednesday until 8am on Thursday for the departments of Manche and Seine-Maritime on the Normandy coast, as well as Ardennes, Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Bas-Rhin, Haute-Rhin, Somme and Vosges in the north east of the country.
Winds of up to 130km/h an hour are expected on the coast and up to 110km/h inland.
The public in these areas are urged to be cautious and avoid any unnecessary travel. They have also been warned to expect power cuts and trees and other objects to be blown over, so are advised to remain indoors.


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.