Four Southeast Departments on Orange Alert for risk of Storms and Floods

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Heavy rains fell in Laval Monday, October 14, 2019, causing flooding in the downtown area.

Meteo France has placed four departments in the south-east of France in orange alert for risks of storms and floods, Tuesday 15th October 2019.

Four departments remain in orange alert, Tuesday 15th October 2019, due to thunderstorms and intense rainfall.

Read also: Nantes: A storm plunges the city into the dark for a few minutes

The Alpes-Maritime on alert

The Drôme and Var, joined by the Alpes-Maritimes, have been placed on alert to storms, while the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence are concerned by this orange alert for rain-flooding.

The Ardèche, Bouches-du-Rhône and Vaucluse are no longer concerned by this alert, announces Meteo France in its latest bulletin published at 8am this morning.

50 mm of rain in less than two hours

According to the Institute of Meteorology, “a stormy line with a strong electrical activity leaves the Rhone Valley and begins to cross the Var and the Alpes de Haute Provence, bringing rainfall totals of the order of 30 to 50 mm in one to two hours and locally violent gusts of wind. The wind blew locally violently on the Rhone Valley.

Wind gusting to 100 km/h

On the Mediterranean departments placed in orange vigilance, we expect high intensities of rain over short or very short periods, which can cause runoff, hail and violent gusts of wind, up to 100 km / h or more locally, warns Météo France.

“A strong electrical activity will be observed. The cumulative precipitation may reach 30 to 50 mm in 1 to 2 hours, or locally 80-90 mm.”

The end of the orange alert is scheduled for 6am Wednesday morning.

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