More violent storms in France
METEO-FRANCE has put 18 departments in northeast France on orange alert for storms, the day after a man in his 70s drowned in his car during a flash flood.
The storms are due to hit from midday in Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Territoire de Belfort, Côte-d’Or, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire, Yonne, Ardennes, Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne, Doubs, Jura, Haute-Saône, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle and Vosges. The alert is currently set to continue until 9am tomorrow.
Météo-France said the storms will bring locally torrential downpours, high winds and possible showers of hail. Up to 60 mm of rainfall is forecast.
Three more departments – Essonne, Eure and Seine-Maritime – remain on orange alert for flooding.
The latest weather warnings come a day after a 70-year-old motorist drowned when the car he was in was trapped in a flash flood on the RN25 near the town of Mondicourt in the Pas-de-Calais department.
More than 100,000 lightning strikes were recorded in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Bas-Rhin and the Chaumont region alone yesterday, according to French storm observatory Keraunos