Strong winds and downpours to batter south west France

Another round of bad weather is set to sweep over France's Atlantic coast, potentially causing floods in the south west of the country.

Strong winds and downpours to batter south west France
Météo France warns of strong risks of flooding in the southwest of France, as seen in this photo (weather map insert: Sunday Dec 1st forecast). Photo: AFP/Météo France

Powerful winds will hit the French west coast starting on Thursday evening, battering the entire Atlantic coast with heavy rain through Friday.

French weather channels urge those living on the coast to be careful, as wind gusts could reach a strength of 100km/h. 

Friday will be the worst day, according to Météo France, with powerful gusts sweeping over an area comprising the Bay of Biscay in the south west all the way to the Mediterranean rim.


Attendez-vous à un temps particulièrement venté demain ! Soyez prudents sur l'Arc atlantique où les rafales de vent pourront avoisiner les 100 km/h.

— La Chaîne Météo (@lachainemeteo) December 11, 2019

The heavy rain predicted for a large part of the country is expected to be especially bad in the south west. Météo France warns of potentially dangerous tidal levels, and has put five départements on the Southwestern tip of the country on orange alert for rain-flooding.
Photo: Météo France
Not even a week ago the storm Atiyah dashed over the French west coast with heavy winds and rain. Dubbed Atiyah's big brother, this one could turn out to be more violent than the last, according to Ouest-France, urging anyone living by the ocean to be cautious when walking, biking or driving. 

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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.