Weather warning: More violent storms to hit north-eastern France

More weather warnings for violent storms are in place in north-eastern France after storms lashed the French capital on Tuesday evening.

Weather warning: More violent storms to hit north-eastern France
Illustration photo: AFP

A total of 11 departments in the north east of France have been placed on orange alert – the second highest warning – for violent storms by France's national weather agency Meteo France

The departments concerned are: Ardennes, Doubs, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Haute-Saône, Vosges and Territoire-de-Belfort. 

People in these areas are advised to remain vigilant due to the risk of dangerous weather. 

The storm alerts were put in place at 10am on Wednesday morning and are expected to remain in place until at least 6am on Thursday. 

Photo: Meteo France

According to Meteo France, the storms will “start in the Franche-Comté region before heading up north and reaching the Grand Est region, which is on orange alert..

“The storms will be very serious in some places, with a lot of lightning, hail, and very strong gusts of wind (100 to 140 km/h), as well as heavy rainfall.” 
At around midnight the storms are expected to leave France and head into Germany. 
The warnings follow violent storms in the north of France on Tuesday evening, with rain and hail hitting the French capital at around 5.30pm. 

The storms led to delays on certain train lines as trees fell onto the tracks (see below) and play was stopped Roland-Garros where the French Open is currently taking place.

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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.