August 19, 2022

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Southwestern France affected by floods (videos)

It has been raining heavily in the southwest since Thursday, causing rivers to overflow, while heavy snowfall has hit the Pyrenees and the eastern part of the country. This Friday, the morning of December 10, Météo France placed 11 French departments under Orange Awareness.

In all, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, it rained the equivalent of two to three weeks of rain in just 12 hours.

These rain episodes will continue for the next few hours. According to Météo France, it will continue to rain around the Pyrenees until Saturday morning. The intensities will be moderate, sometimes very strong the next night and Friday morning.

Avalanche risk

Further north, in the Alps and the Pyrenees, avalanches threaten. In the Pyrenees, Mாலும்téo France notes, “Although the avalanche has passed, slow infiltration of rain in dense layers can create avalanches of wet snow, from large to very large, now 1,500 to 2,000 m in avalanches.” In the Alps, avalanches are more and more prevalent under more intense rainfall, and gradually increase in magnitude.

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