Floods in France: at least 7 people drowned, 8 departments on "storm" vigilance

Sudden heavy rains are still expected in several departments.

HEight departments were placed on Wednesday afternoon in orange vigilance for the risk of thunderstorms and flooding, according to Météo-France, which predicts the end of the rainy-storm episode this Thursday at 2 a.m.

It mainly concerns the Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne region with a start of monitoring, at 4:00 p.m., for Ain, Savoie and Haute-Savoie and continued monitoring for Ardèche, Drôme, Isère, France. Hérault and the Gard.

“One-off thunderstorms affect a large southern half of the country. They are more numerous and more marked from the Massif Central to the Rhône valley, sometimes with hail. The rainfall amounts do not exceed 15 to 30 mm for the moment ”, indicates in its latest Météo-France bulletin, qualifying this“ rainy-stormy episode of late summer ”as“ non-exceptional for the season ” .

The organization nevertheless underlines the possibility of “significant accumulations of rain in a short time”.

On the Ardèche, Drôme, and Isère, accumulations of 50 to 80 mm in a few hours are expected, reaching 70 to 100/120 mm until Thursday morning.

“The risk of stationary thunderstorms fades over the Hérault while it remains significant on the Gard plains until the end of the afternoon”, adds Météo-France, which foresees the possibility of sudden heavy rains ” from 80 to 100 mm ”in two departments.

At least 7 drowned

According to BFM TV, two bathers drowned in the Bouches-du-Rhône and five others in the Hérault.

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