Northwest France on high alert for flooding

Forecaster Météo France has issued orange alerts for five coastal departments with waves of five to seven metres expected

15 November 2020
A moody sky over Somme. Northwest France on high alert for floodingStormy weather, strong wind and tall waves are forecast in five coastal departments in France today
By Hannah Thompson

Five departments in northwest France are on orange weather alert for coastal flooding, with gusts of wind of up to 120kph expected, forecaster Météo France has said.

The alert came into effect at 05:00 today - Sunday, November 15 - and is expected to remain in place until 03:00 on Monday 16.

The five departments are:

  • Finistère,
  • Manche,
  • Seine-Maritime,
  • Somme,
  • Pas-de-Calais.

Waves between five and seven metres high are expected in coastal areas.

Météo France said that these strong waves will be heightened further “in the context of high tides” and that the “intensity of the weather will be strongest out to sea”.

In addition 48 departments - those clustered towards the northwest and north of the country - are on yellow alert for flooding, rain and strong wind.


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