Thunderstorms: 33 departments placed on orange alert

Météo-France now places 33 departments on orange storm alert, forecasting "violent phenomena" on Sunday September 17 afternoon, including heavy rain, hail and gusts of wind from the west of the country to the southwest, in passing through Ile-de-France

Thunderstorms: 33 departments placed on orange alert

Météo-France now places 33 departments on orange storm alert, forecasting "violent phenomena" on Sunday September 17 afternoon, including heavy rain, hail and gusts of wind from the west of the country to the southwest, in passing through Ile-de-France.

The departments of Seine-Maritime, Eure, Calvados, Manche, Orne, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, Cher, Indre, Vienne, Creuse, Haute-Vienne, Charente, Gironde, Dordogne, Corrèze, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, Lot, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Gard, Tarn-et-Garonne, Paris, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val -de-Marne, Val-d’Oise, Eure-et-Loir and Loiret. The orange vigilance zone may be extended particularly towards the east during the day depending on the evolution of the forecast.

The stormy deterioration will begin "during the afternoon on the Aquitaine coast, then quickly a vast line of storms sets up from the South-West towards Normandy and Ile-de-France", warns Météo -France. The institute predicts “hail, heavy rainfall (up to 40 mm/h) and gusts of up to 100 km/h, as well as intense electrical activity.”

The weather is still very cloudy from Roussillon to the Cévennes with some rain. Elsewhere, the sky is cloudy but the impression is of good weather, it is still warm in the afternoon. The easterly wind is strong on the Mediterranean coasts. The Autan wind strengthens during the day with gusts of 70 to 80 km/h. Temperatures will remain well above normal.

Several roads cut in Hérault

On Saturday, the department of Hérault was placed on red alert for rain and flooding, while Gard and Lozère were kept on orange alert, awaiting improvement in the evening. Due to these “not very mobile stormy rains in the Cévennes”, “more than 500 millimeters” of precipitation were recorded locally at 4:30 p.m. in the upper cantons of Hérault “and 170 to 190 millimeters in the Gard Cévennes », specifies Météo-France.

“The area most at risk is located in the upper cantons of Lodève, between Bédarieux and Gange, with Roqueredonde as its epicenter,” noted in a press release the Hérault prefecture, which activated a crisis unit. In total, “thirty-eight people were brought to safety in the Roqueredonde and Lodève sector”, but “no victims were reported”.

“Several roads are cut north of Bédarieux and in the Lodève sector due to rising water levels, landslides and landslides” while “sectors of the secondary network are closed as a preventive measure,” adds the prefecture.

Flooded roads

The railway line between Bédarieux and Millau is also closed, due to a 500-meter collapse due to heavy accumulations of water.

The Orb and Lergue rivers "are in flood and roads are flooded", report the Hérault firefighters, inviting the inhabitants of Lodevois, Bousquet-d'Orb and Bédarieux to "observe the “exercise caution” and “avoid traveling”.

This rainy-stormy episode, which began during the night from Friday to Saturday, notably caused flooding in the morning in Lunas, in the north of Hérault, where the flood of the Orb swept away “several cars” and flooded “several houses in a hamlet located on the edge of the watercourse”, without causing any casualties, the mayor of Lunas, Aurélien Manenc, who is also a firefighter, testified to Agence France-Presse.