South of France on high alert for early autumn storms

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South of France on high alert for early autumn storms
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The south of France is on a heightened weather alert for storms and flash-floods on Friday.


In its mid-afternoon update Météo-France placed Alpes-de-Haute-Provence on orange alert - the second highest weather warning level - for storms on Friday afternoon, joining the Var, Gard, Vaucluse and Bouches-du-Rhône.

The first slow-moving thunderstorms are in place over the east of the Var, according to Météo-France, while a “very active line of thunderstorms” is approaching the Cévennes in the Gard.



Storms will continue to develop along the Mediterranean arc overnight, bringing hail, high winds and torrential rainfall, which - because the storm cells are moving very slowly - could cause flash flooding in places as water runs off parched ground.

Neighbouring departments currently on yellow storm vigilance, meanwhile, are warned that locally violent storm cells cannot be excluded.

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Floods watchdog Vigicrues, meanwhile, has upped its flood alert on river stretches in the south of the country to yellow.

Image: Vigicrues

Looking further ahead, Meteo-France’s meteorologists are watching tropical storm Danielle, which is developing out in the Atlantic, further north than is usual at this time of year. According to some early modelling, the storm could reach Europe around Saturday, September 11th.

Forecasters point out that, this far out, weather modelling is not always accurate, so they are waiting to see how the storm develops before 



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