Video: Watch the Eiffel Tower get hit by lightning (again) as storms lash Paris

The Iron Lady was given her second lightning shock in just a matter of days on Monday during another fierce storm in Paris. More extreme weather is set to hit the capital and other parts of the country on Tuesday. Watch the video here.

Video: Watch the Eiffel Tower get hit by lightning (again) as storms lash Paris

Paris had been placed on storm alert on Monday evening along with much of the north and west of the country but the famous Iron Lady still won't have known what hit her.

The spectacular sight was captured on video and in pictures and shared widely on Twitter.

The Eiffel Tower was also struck by lightning on May 22nd as the tweet below shows.

But it wasn't just Paris that witnessed an impressive lightning show on Monday. This was the scene in Sedan, north eastern France.

According to Méteo France May 2018 has been the month with the most lightning strikes that have made contact with the earth since the year 2000. And there's more to come.

Monday evening's thunder and lightning show was accompanied by huge downpours in the capital and the extreme weather is not over yet. Forecasters at Météo France predict the weather will stay stormy until Wednesday.

Tuesday afternoon and evening are likely to see more storms across central and northern France (see map below).




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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.