Flash floods in France claim two more lives with more storms to come

Two people were killed on Wednesday in a fresh round of powerful rainstorms that have damaged homes, destroyed vineyards and flooded roads across France over the last fortnight.

Flash floods in France claim two more lives with more storms to come
Flash floods in Ade, southern France.AFP

The deaths bring the toll from the record storms to three in the past two days. A 37-year-old man was found drowned in his car in northern France on Tuesday.

On Wednesday a woman in her nineties died in Montmorillon,  a town in central-western France, probably suffering a heart attack while trying to mop 
up the water in her flooded home.

Meanwhile the body of a woman in her eighties was found in a river in the Lot-et-Garonne region of southern France where heavy rain had fallen 
overnight, police said.

The French weather service Meteo France said Wednesday that the risk of storms remained high over most of the country.

Weather warning: Storms and downpours to continue in France


Over the past 12 days rescue services have been in action 7,900 times across France, according to the interior ministry.

On May 26 a six-year-old girl fell to her death from the branches of a tree during a fierce storm.

The series of thunderstorms have unleashed record amounts of rain in some areas.

And there's more storms forecast for Thursday and Friday with the eastern half of the country set to bear the brunt of the ongoing extreme weather. See forecast maps below first for Thursday and then for Friday afternoon.

Meteo France on Tuesday estimated the number of lightning strikes in May at 182,000 nationwide, almost double the record figure for the same month previously set in 2009.

The small town of Morlaix in northwestern Brittany was still counting the cost after being submerged on Sunday night when an estimated month's worth of rain fell within half an hour. 

Heavy rain, lightning and sometimes hail have hit wine-growing areas in the Bordeaux, Cognac and Champagne regions over recent weeks, causing major damage to crops.

Storms have also disrupted play at the Roland Garros tennis tournament in Paris and has made conditions tough for professional cyclists in the Criterium du Dauphine race under way in southeastern France.


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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.