A total of 46 départements are on orange alert – the second highest alert – for violent storms which hit southern France this afternoon and are moving north.
Winds of 113 km/h have been recorded in Mayenne this afternoon, with 93 km/h gusts in Landes and Maine et Loire, while Nantes received 16mm of rain in just one hour.
French weather forecaster Météo France has issued the warning starting at 2pm on Monday for heavy rain, strong winds and electrical storms.
Map: Météo France
The weather forecaster stated: “In the afternoon on Monday, an active storm will enter Aquitaine and spread north east to gradually affect the Charentes, Poitou, western Limousin, central and southern Pays-de-la-Loire, and finally to Ile de France and the Hauts de France in the evening.