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France braced for 110 km/h winds as Storm Ciara arrives from Britain

France is expected to be hit by high winds and heavy rain over the weekend, creating a flooding risk in some areas, as Storm Ciara is forecast to arrive.

France braced for 110 km/h winds as Storm Ciara arrives from Britain
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The storm is currently over the Atlantic but is forecast to hit the UK on Saturday and northern France on Sunday.

The French weather channel is warning that all areas north of the Seine will be hit by high winds and heavy rain over the weekend. 

 

The worst of the weather is expected on Sunday evening, when gusts of 130 km/h are forecast for the English Channel and 110km/h in inland areas in the north east France regions of Hauts-de-France and Grand Est.

The high winds will be accompanied by heavy rain, up to 60mm in the Grand Est region, which could lead to localised flooding.

The Brittany coast could also be at risk of flooding, with waves of up to eight metres predicted for some areas.

The bad weather will continue into Monday when the storm is predicted to move on.

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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. 

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