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Violent storms in south west France leave thousands without power

Thousands of homes in south western France were left without electricity on Friday morning after violent thunderstorms battered the region during the night.

Violent storms in south west France leave thousands without power
The thunderstorms left three injured and caused significant material damage.. Photo: NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP

The thunderstorms left three injured and caused significant material damage.

In case of electrical damage, companies recommend “never touching fallen cables”, “alerting any anomalies (cables that are too close to the ground, collapsing electricity posts, etc.) to Enedis (the company responsible for the management of France’s electricity network).

Enedis reminded people in the affected area to “never touch an object that is in contact with an electrical line”, and “observe the areas marked as danger zones”.

Storms will persist over a large part of the country, but on Friday morning Météo France downgraded the warning from “orange” (level three out of four) to “yellow” for most of the country.

In addition the Rhône département remains on orange heatwave alert.

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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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