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Thunderstorms strike northeastern France leaving mudslides and flooding

Thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain hit France's northern and eastern regions overnight on Thursday, leaving mudslides and flooding in their wake.

Thunderstorms strike northeastern France leaving mudslides and flooding
Photo: Thomas Bresson/Flickr
France experienced more violent thunderstorms overnight particularly in the north and east of the country. 
 

 

 
In Alsace, 40 mms of rain fell in an hour and up to 9000 lightning flashes were recorded. In the Pas-de-Calais, up to 50 mms of rain fell in a few minutes.
 
This left many in the area dealing with the mudslides and flooding caused by the storms. 
 
 
 
This month of May has been the stormiest on record in France for the past 20 years with over 200,000 lightning flashes recorded.
 
More stormy weather is expected on Sunday and throughout next week.

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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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