Several die after torrential downpours cause floods in France

Torrential downpours cause floods in France

17 September 2014 18:00 UTC–18 September 06:00 UTC

Several die after torrential downpours cause floods in France
Several die after torrential downpours cause floods in France

On 17/18 September parts of southern France had four months worth of rain in a few hours, leading to severe flooding.

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10 March 2021

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17 September 2014

Rapidly developing convection took place in the Hérault, Gard and Aveyron departments of southern France overnight 17 and 18 September. In Lamalou-les-Bains, in the Hérault department, several people were killed and more than 150 people needed to be taken into shelter. Several major roads were blocked as a consequence of the intense rain.

Météo-France reported that 180 mm of rain was recorded in two hours in St-Gervais-sur-Mare and 468 mm was measured in 20 hours — more than four months worth of rain.

The Meteosat-10 enhanced infrared imagery shows several very intense thunderstorms developed during the night in southern France and in the Mediterranean Sea. One of these intensified just east-northeast of Lamalou-les-Bains at 19:00 UTC and stayed almost stationary for several hours, causing high precipitation rates within the region.

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