VIDEOS – Heavy rain and strong winds are expected until Saturday morning in the south of the country. Météo-France has placed on Thursday 13 departments orange alert.
The Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed Thursday the death of a woman in La Londe-les Maures in the Var, where a violent storm caused flooding, adding that three other people, including the daughter of the victim, were missing. The victim is a “lady found outside his car in the river,” said the prefect of the Var Pierre Soubelet videoconference came minister inform the operational center of interministerial crisis management of civil security Asnières- sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine). “Her daughter was not found. It is likely that the child died, “he added. In the small town located between Hyères and the Lavandou, dive teams conducted research in the evening.
A new episode of heavy rain affect effect until this weekend the Mediterranean departments, according to * Consult weather. Striking on Thursday an area from Corsica to the Cévennes, it must continue Friday before touching especially this weekend Roussillon, according to a news site. Weather Consult has already placed five departments (Ardèche, Aveyron, Gard, Hérault, Lozère) Heavy rains in orange alert, and two others (Haute-Garonne and Tarn) orange alert strong winds. For its part, Météo France has placed twelve departments of southern France in amber alert: Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrenees, Haute-Garonne and the Ariege to high winds and Aveyron, Ardèche, Gard, Hérault, Lozère, Tarn, Var and the two departments of Corsica to the risk of flooding associated with heavy rainfall.
The Var has been hit soon after -Midi. In the areas of La Londe and Grimaud (close to St Tropez), dozens of elementary school students were stuck in their establishments. “We advise parents who have been told by teachers and municipal staff, do not attempt to pick them up. Teachers are with the students, “said AFP chief of staff of the municipality of Grimaud, Bruno Quivy. Some 500 firefighters and 150 police intervened in the evening. Between 16h and 20h, 24 and 68 hélitreuillages land interventions took place on the Grimaud sector and 18 hélitreuillages in La Londe at the same time. The prefect, Pierre Soubelet, called Var to stay home.
According to Meteo Consult, the rains were to strengthen over Thursday night the Hérault department in the Cévennes and on the east of Corsica. In the Southwest, the strong gusts of wind were to généraliseer to Lauragais and extend to the Toulouse region. The rains were to intensify in the Cevennes in the night. Friday morning, the period of heavy rains should continue including Corsican reliefs. The Var and the Alpes Maritimes, the persistence of intermittent light rain could cause significant accumulations locally, while winds reaching 100 to 120 km / h are expected locally in the Tarn. Meanwhile, southern winds could become very violent in the Pyrenean reliefs with gusts to 150 km / h, says Meteo Consult in a statement. Saturday and Sunday, the weather should shift the Roussillon.
The last major weather alert in France dates back to mid-November: Five people in a car were killed in accidents caused by bad weather in the Gard and Lozère. In Morocco, they are at least 32 people died in floods.
* Meteo Consult is a company of Figaro Group.