Northern and central France placed on alert for storms and flooding

Swathes of northern and central France, including Paris, were on alert for violent storms and flooding on Monday.

Northern and central France placed on alert for storms and flooding
People clear the mud out of their houses in Chaponnay near Lyon on June 8th a day after a heavy rainstorm led to flash floods in the region. Photo: AFP
The thunderstorms aren't over yet. 
On Monday morning France's national weather agency Meteo France placed 37 departments in northern and central France on orange alert — the second highest warning — for violent storms and flooding. 
People in these areas are advised to remain vigilant due to the risk of dangerous weather. 
Map: Meteo France 
The departments on alert are: Aisne, Cher, Eure, Eure-et-Loir, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Loiret, Mayenne, Oise, Orne, Sarthe, Paris, Seine-Maritime, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint- Denis, Val-de-Marne and Val-d'Oise, Ardennes, Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Bas-Rhin Rhine, Haut-Rhin and Vosges.
Meanwhile, the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany and Loire-Atlantique and Vendée in western France were also on alert for storms and flooding and Gers and Tarn-et-Garonne in the south west of France were also on alert for flooding. 
The alerts were updated on Monday at 10 am and are expected to remain in place until Tuesday at 6 am. 
Météo France forecasts a “rainy stormy situation requiring particular vigilance”. 
“Thunderstorms will bring significant rainfall of about 15 to 30 mm and locally 40 to 60 mm in a short space of time,” said the national weather agency.
“This will particularly true for the western Pays de la Loire region where these intense rains will continue in the evening and night,” Meteo France said. 
So far the storms which have hit France in recent weeks have left destruction in their wake in certain parts of the country. 
On Friday, the storms claimed a fourth life when a man drowned in his car in central France. 
The latest death came after a 37-year-old man was found drowned in his car in northern France on Tuesday.
Flash floods in France claim another victim after man drowns in car
Photo: AFP
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.
Meteo France 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.

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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.