Central and southern France placed on alert for 100km/h winds and flooding

Weather warnings were issued for parts of central and southern France on Thursday with winds of 100km/h or more set to batter much of the country while the south east was once again braced for flooding.

Central and southern France placed on alert for 100km/h winds and flooding
FIle photo: AFP

On Thursday the country's weather agency issued orange alerts – the second highest weather warning – for much of central France and parts of the Pyrenees in the south west with high winds forecast to lash the regions.

The departments placed on alert were: Loire, Haute-Loire, Rhône, Ain, Allier, Ardèche, Ariège, Cantal, Côte-d’Or, Drôme, Haute-Garonne, Isère, Puy-de-Dôme, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées and Saône-et-Loire.

Météo France forecasters warned the public to expect winds of up to 120 km/h in these areas on Thursday evening and up to 150km/h on higher ground in the Pyrenees. 

Members of the public are advised to stay indoors and not to travel unless absolutely necessary. They should be aware of the danger of falling objects and trees if they do go outside.

The western departments of Landes and Charente-Maritime are also on alert for flooding while the south-eastern departments of Var, Alpes-Maritimes and Alpes-de-Haute Provence are also on alert with heavy rain set to cause flooding on Thursday.

In addition an avalanche warning has also been issued for the department of Alpes-de-Haute Provence with snow expected on higher ground.



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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.