Storm warnings: South west France braces for hail, wind and torrential rain

Storm warnings have been issued for nine departments in the south west of France, including Dordogne, with extreme weather set to lash the region on Tuesday afternoon and early evening.

Storm warnings: South west France braces for hail, wind and torrential rain
Bordeaux in south west France will likely see more lightning strikes on Tuesday.

National weather agency Météo France issued the orange alerts – the second highest warning level –  on Tuesday morning for the departments of Charente-Maritime, Charente, Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrenees, Gers and Lot-et-Garonne.

The storms, which will develop in the Golfe de Gascogne are set to move across the region late on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening.

The prefecture of Dordogne has warned residents to expect hail showers and torrential downpours as well as lightning strikes. Gusts of wind over 100km/h are also forecast.

The public has been told that cellars could flood and property could be damaged. 

Members of the public are advised to take care when travelling and to seek shelter during the storms as well as avoid using electronic equipment.

During lightning strikes anyone who is caught outside is reminded not to take shelter under trees.



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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.