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South east France on alert for violent storms after torrential rain and hail hit Paris

Five départements in south eastern France were on alert on Thursday morning for violent storms a day after the Paris region was hit by torrential rain and hail showers that left streets flooded.

South east France on alert for violent storms after torrential rain and hail hit Paris
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After weeks of sunny weather France was hit by violent thunderstorms this week.

On Thursday morning five départments in the south east of the country – Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Var and Vaucluse were placed on orange alert for storms.

National forecaster Méteo France told the public to expect rain, high winds and even hail showers.

These storms, along with strong winds and occasional hail showers could provoke flooding in local areas, said Météo France.

Members of the public are advised to avoid travelling and take shelter during the storms. They are also advised not to venture near the edge of waterways or the coast.

The weather warnings come a day after the Paris region was hit by storms which brought torrential rain and hail, leading to some streets being flooded.

Images of the extreme weather were captured and posted on social media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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