Floods in France: At least 7 people drowned, 8 departments on alert on “storm”

Floods in France: At least 7 people drowned, 8 departments on alert on

There is still a possibility of sudden heavy rains in many departments.

NSEight departments were put on orange alert for the risk of thunderstorms and flooding on Wednesday afternoon, according to Meteo-France, which predicts the end of the rain-storm episode this Thursday at 2 pm.

This mainly relates to the Rhne-Alpes-Auvergne region, with the start of surveillance for Ain, Savoie and Haute-Savoie at 4:00 p.m. and continuous monitoring for Ardche, Drme, Isre, France. Harault and the Guard.

“One-off thunderstorms affect a large southern part of the country. They are more numerous and more marked from the massif central to the Rhne valley, sometimes with hail. Rain accumulation for this time does not exceed 15 to 30 mm is”, indicates in its latest Meteo-France bulletin, which qualifies this “late summer rain-storm episode” as “non-extraordinary for the season”.

The organization nonetheless underscores the possibility of “significant accumulation of rain in a short period of time”.

Over Ardèche, Drme, and Isère, an accumulation of 50 to 80 mm is expected in a few hours, reaching 70 to 100/120 mm by Thursday morning.

“The risk of stable thunderstorms diminishes, while it remains significant in the guard plains until the end of the afternoon”, says Meteo-France, which reports sudden heavy rains “up to 80 to 100 mm” in two departments. Estimates the probability.

at least 7 drowned

According to BFM TV, two bathers drowned in Boucher-du-Rhne and five others in Hérault.

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