The storm Alex, with torrential rains and winds of up to 190 km per hour hits the Côte d’Azur. “Red alert” in the Maritime Alps.
Alex, an “explosive and dangerous” storm, has landed on the French coast with winds of 140 to 190 kilometers per hour and torrential rains. Météo France calls for “the greatest vigilance” in the hours to come while Morbihan and the Alpes-Maritimes on the Côte d’Azur have been declared in “Red alert”, with their businesses and schools closed. They compare it with the terrible episodes of October 1987 and December 1999, which swept through the north of the country.
The pressure is going to drop brutally and quickly and the winds will return even more violent. This reconverts the phenomenon, extremely dangerous for people’s lives, both in cities and in the countryside and on roads. Will be the first big storm of fall.
The four departments of Finisterre, Côtes d’Ármor, Vilaine and the Loire Atlantique have been declared under “orange alert”, given the forecast of winds, rainfall and floods in the region.
The forecasters of meteorologists are disturbing: winds of 140 kilometers per hour are expected on the southern coast of Britain and winds of 160 kilometers are expected on the islands and coasts most exposed to the phenomenon, which has already started in Great Britain. The values could easily be exceeded, Météo France announced.
Keraunos, the French observatory of tornadoes and violent storms, warned against the tornado risk on the Atlantic Coast, on the night from Thursday to Friday. Vendée, Charente Maritime and North Gironge are particularly affected, with a 45 percent risk.
“The weather is going to degrade at night with a very deep depression, very violent winds that will affect southern Brittany and will exceed 100 kilometers per hour,” announced Olivier Proust, meteorologist at Météo France.
“There is talk of an explosive storm, a meteorological term that describes an interaction between the depression and a very particular atmospheric circulation. There are winds of extreme violence at height and depression will find them. The stormy conditions will reach the Vendée ”, explained the specialist.
This stormy weather will last until Saturday but Meteo France does not exclude that it will continue into next week, with heavy rains. In 24 hours it will rain what normally rains in a month in the country.
The areas most affected by rainfall are west of Morbihan, on the Atlantic, and the department of Côtes d´Armor, on the English Channel. The heaviest rain will fall between midnight and 6 a.m. on Friday.
The storm will advance on Friday over the Maritime Alps, in a Mediterranean phenomenon, with deluge rains during the morning and at night. It will then spread to the Alpes de Hautes Provence and the Hautes Alpes, at risk of local flooding.
In the area all schools have been closed, in the face of strong storms and to prevent students from being blocked in the establishments. Also to limit the risks for parents to come and pick up the students.
The center of the depression will remain in the Gulf of St Malo. Météo France calls for “prudence and avoiding useless travel” in the face of changing conditions and the risk of flooding and overflowing rivers and streams.