North eastern France placed on flood alert after torrential rain

The north east of France was braced for floods on Tuesday just a day after seasonal warm weather records were broken in several southern French cities.

North eastern France placed on flood alert after torrential rain
Illustration photo: Photo: AFP

Eight French départements were placed on orange alert, the second highest level, by the national weather agency Météo France on Tuesday morning.

The Météo France warning followed 48 hours of heavy rainfall in the north east of the country.

Six of the départements were under flood risk: Ardennes, Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle and Bas-Rhin (all in the north east of France).

The remaining two départements, Corse-du-Sud et Haute-Corse were on alert for violent winds as “storm Hervé” was due to lashthe island

Heavy gusts were already sweeping over Corsica early on Tuesday morning.

Méteo France said the storm would decrease in strength throughout the afternoon on the island's northeastern side, and in the evening in the south.

The flood and wind alerts came after a day of exceptional warm weather in France as cities all over the south broke February heat records on Monday.

In a dozen or so cities temperatures climbed over the 25C degree mark.


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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.