An impressive storm hit the south of France: a speed of 100 km / h was recorded in Montpellier

An impressive storm hit the south of France: a speed of 100 km / h was recorded in Montpellier

After a strong thunderstorm, in the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, before heavy rain in the neck and before turning towards the sea, it again rained heavily on the guard kept in red vigil. The red alert was lifted by Meteo-France after 6 a.m. 2 a.m.

“Nmes Mahasabha was hit by a violent storm during the night, raining up to 135 mm”told AFP a spokesman for the Guards Fire Department.

He said that in the face of these rains, emergency services put in place “fifteen safety measures” for motorists, who were welcomed into a gymnasium and slowly returned to their homes. Firefighters still carried out about fifty small interventions (manhole covers raised by water, etc.) in the Nmes area. According to a firefighters’ spokesperson, around 400 firefighters were deployed in the department, including 84 flood experts.

According to Meteo-France, a speed of 100 km/h was recorded at Montpellier-Airport. On Wednesday morning, the Guard, like the two neighboring departments of Hérault and Vaucluse, remains on an orange alert for both rain and floods and thunderstorms.

Eight other departments (Ain, Ardche, Bouches-du-Rhne, Drum, Isre, Loire, Haute-Loire and Rhne) have been put on orange alert for thunderstorms in the morning bulletin of the Météo France.

Guard and Herault were placed on full alert for three hours Tuesday afternoon, due to “steady thunderstorms” – the first of the season – and significant amounts of rain.

Red alerts are activated especially in the event of “very violent storms likely to cause very significant locally significant damage” on “habitations, parks, crops and plantations”. The population is then invited to stay at home, in a permanent building, and not use their vehicle.

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– no casualties –

About 150 to 180 mm of water was recorded “less than three hours” south-east of Hérault and south-west of Gard, before storms at sea had signaled the Meteorological Institute, but According to emergency services, no victim or significant interference was reported.

On Tuesday afternoon, the first heavy rains first affected the municipalities located about ten kilometers north of Montpellier. In the center of Montpellier, electrical activity was intense and heavy rain had been good in the afternoon, but activities and public transport could be maintained, according to AFP reporters.

In the southeast, the situation will remain unstable on Wednesday, it will remain calm for some time. Thunderstorm recovery is expected, especially from noon to the next night, widespread from west to east at Hérault and Gard, then Vaucluse and Bouches-du-Rhne, with hail and thunderstorms up to 80 to 100 km/h.

In the middle-east, the storm will begin in the Massif Central on Wednesday afternoon, and will take a severe character between Haute-Loire, the Loire and the Rhne before continuing its journey north, Isre and Ain towards the end of the day. .. In the Grand Est region, on Tuesday evening, after an occasional strong thunderstorm that caused hailstorms south of Champagne, Metro-France lifted its orange alert for all departments in the region.

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