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High wind warnings increased over storms in northern France

Two departments are now on the second-highest alert level with gusts of up to 130km/h forecast

Manche and Pas-de-Calais are set to be worst hit Pic: Jaromir Chalabala / Shutterstock

Parts of northern France could see gusts of up to 130km/h overnight on Friday (March 31) as storms sweep in.

Météo France has increased the alert level for two departments, Manche and Pas-de-Calais, putting them on the second-highest orange level, which advises locals to limit their movements and exercise extreme caution outside. 

Two-thirds of France is on a lesser yellow warning - which advises residents to exercise caution and monitor weather updates -  for high winds on Friday. 

Northern France woke up to storms on Thursday and they are likely to persist well into Friday evening, with yellow warnings remaining in place.  

It is a far cry from France’s south-west on Wednesday, where temperatures passed 30C and broke records for March.

You can keep up to date with further announcements on the France Météo vigilance page here

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