VIDEO – The rains and the storms are moving this Friday to the valley of the Rhone, but of the storms may still occur in the morning in the Languedoc. If The weather network site always the Herault on red alert, Météo France has lowered the vigilance to orange.
vigilance is always in the South-East. While the Hérault is placed in red alert storms for 20 hours on Thursday, nine other counties are in orange alert, according to The weather network*: the Alpes-Maritimes, Ardèche, Aude, Aveyron, Corse-du-Sud, Haute-Corse, Gard and Lozere. The Var has also been placed on orange alert to the wind. During this episode of low pressure, the storms are accompanied by torrential rains. The wind blows in a storm and throws a heavy swell, which increases the risk of flooding in coastal areas.
The red alert was lifted Friday morning by Météo France on the Hérault river, which remained in vigilance orange for the rains and floods in the same way as the other two departments in the south-east, the Gard and the Var.
It is a weather situation usual at this time of the year, called “episode mediterranean” or “episode cévenol”. A large low pressure system moves from Spain to Sardinia until Friday. Heavy rains have hit the department of the Herald, but especially its western part on the hills of the Minervois. It fell up to 300 mm in Saint-Gervais-sur-Mare, 250 mm in the commune of Castanet-Le-Haut, 140 mm averaged over the Minervois and 70 mm on the littoral héraultais. “A significant lull in very tentative terms of the Hérault, the rains and the storms more pronounced shift to the valley of the Rhone. But be careful, thunderstorms will again be the Languedoc in the morning, prudence,” says The Weather network.
The wind from the south-east remains violent on the coast, with frequent spikes to 100 km/h. The sea is very strong with maximum heights of waves up to 9 meters. The risk of major floods promises to be important, particularly in the east of Corsica and the Hérault, which will be the equivalent of the flow of the Amazon river for 1 hour to break on the department. In the other departments of the South, there is a strengthening of rainfall in the Vaucluse at the Tarn and the wind is always violent to 120 km/h on the islands of var.
The fire department of the Herault have carried out some 165 interventions during the night, for most of the updates in security, especially of people living in caravans or refugees on the roof of their car. Early Friday morning, a helicopter winching of a mother with her child, surrounded by water at their homes of Mèze was in progress, indicated the fire department. Because of these severe weather events, “the courses are suspended in the schools, colleges, and high schools for the entire day of Friday,” said the prefecture héraultaise in a press release. Friday will be the second consecutive day, during which the students of the department will be deprived of an education, but, unlike the day of Thursday, “no home will not be assured to avoid any displacement of pupils, families and personal”.
In the Gard département, the prefect Didier Lauga has called for caution and prudence, and has also suspended the transportation to and from school on Friday. “Schools, colleges, and high schools will remain open, and will welcome students who would possibly”, he said in a press release. Same scenario in the Aude, for 35 municipalities in the east of the department, said the prefect in a press release. For the sectors concerned, “it is asked that parents keep their child at home and limit their travel”. Very few cars and pedestrians: on Thursday, the streets of Montpellier were particularly deserted, even at peak hours, and this should be the case again Friday.
* The Weather network is a company of the Figaro group