Violent Winds and Floods: 14 South West Departments and Corsica in Orange Alert

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14 South West departments and Corsica in orange alert for wind, rain anjd floods

Due to heavy weather (strong winds, rain-floods, waves-submersion), Meteo France has extended the orange alert to 16 departments, this Friday 13th December 

Attention to those in the South West of France and CorsicaThis Friday 13th December 2019, Meteo France has expanded the orange alert for violent winds, rainfall, flood waves, to 16 departments. 

These are: Ariège, Aveyron, Charente-Maritime, Dordogne, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Gironde, Landes, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques , Hautes-Pyrénées, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud.

Gusts up to 160 km/h

The phenomenon of heavy rains continues until the night from Friday to Saturday. The most marked accumulations are targeted on the exposed relief (Pyrenees, Montagne Noire), of the order of 20 to 50 mm in plain and 70 to 120 mm in mountain punctually, perhaps a little more.

On the departments affected by this wind from west to northwest, average speeds will reach 50 to 70 km/h and gusts of 90 to 110 or 120/130 km/h. “In the interior of the Southwest plain, these gusts can suddenly reach 90 to 100 km/h punctually up to 110 km/h,” warns Météo France.

The wind will be even more violent on the relief of the Pyrenees with gusts of 100 to 130 km/h, up to 160 km/h on the summits.

Attention to the waves

This very strong wind will cause significant waves on the coast. “In a context of relatively high tidal coefficients, the expected strong waves, associated with a significant rise in sea level (surge), may cause submersions on the exposed or vulnerable parts of the coastline concerned by this vigilance. “

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