Meteo France has placed the Hérault, Gard, Var, Bouches-du-Rhône and Ardèche on orange alert because of heavy accumulations of rain.
Five departments of South-East France are placed by Meteo France in orange vigilance to storms and rain-floods this Friday 23rd November.
These are Gard, Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, Hérault and Ardèche.
“This is an intense Mediterranean episode requiring special monitoring because of the large accumulations expected on the lowland areas.”
Up to 180 mm in the Cevennes
The vigilance bulletin provides that for the Gard, the Ardèche and eastern Herault , precipitation and thunderstorms throughout the day. The accumulations of rain will reach 50 to 80 mm in the plain and the Cevennes foothills, locally 100 to 120 mm. On the Cevennes, the accumulations will be of the order of 120 to 150 mm, locally 180 mm.
These storms can be accompanied by strong gusts of wind and hail .
Violent thunderstorms in the Bouches-du-Rhône
For the Var : low continuous, moderate precipitation on the coast, then new thunderstorms are expected from midday.
And for the Bouches-du-Rhône, precipitation remains moderate during the day, with some more intense thunderstorms. At the end of the day and evening, thunderstorms become violent and sweep the whole department in the first part of the night.
Météo France maintains, for the time being, its alert until Saturday 24th November .