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Flood and storm alerts for four departments in southern France

The departments are Ardèche, Drôme, Gard and Hérault, where potentially up to 100mm of rain could fall in a short period of time over Saturday night

Orange weather warning for four French departments

Heavy rains and possible storms are expected in four southern French departments on Saturday night (September 25) Pic: Shutterstock / Météo France

The southern departments of Ardèche, Drôme, Gard and Hérault have been placed on orange alert today (September 25) for heavy rains and flooding.

Gard and Hérault have also been placed on orange alert for storms. 

“A rainstorm requiring special monitoring due to its intensity" will affect an area from the Languedoc to the Rhone Valley on Saturday night, state forecaster Météo France reports. 

The most violent thunderstorms are expected in the latter part of Saturday night, into Sunday morning. 

As much as 70 to 100mm of rain could fall in less than three hours in the four departments. 

The warning is in place until at least 06:00 on Sunday morning (September 26). 

Orange alert means “be very vigilant”. There are possible dangers and you should remain up to date with the situation and follow the advice of local authorities, Météo-France states.

Météo-France issues the following recommendations for orange alerts:

  • Stay away from trees and waterways
  • Take shelter in a permanent building
  • Keep informed and avoid travelling
  • Protect property that is exposed to the wind or that may be flooded
  • Avoid using telephones and electrical appliances
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