Floods in France leave 2 dead and 25 missing after four months of rain in 12 hours in storm Alex

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Floods in FRANCE killed two after four months of rain in twelve hours during storm Alex.

Vast swaths of the south have seen torrential downpours and high winds overnight – with at least 25 people missing and dozens evacuated from their homes.

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An aerial view shows the damage in Roquebillière in south-eastern France after being battered by storm Alex overnightCredit: AFP or licensors
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Waves hit the shore near the Promenade des Anglais in NiceCredit: AFP or licensors
A bridge over the Vesubie completely collapsed overnight amidst the torrential downpour in the Roquebillière region

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A bridge over the Vesubie completely collapsed overnight amidst the torrential downpour in the Roquebillière regionCredit: EPA
Residents inspect the wreckage on a private beach in Nice

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Residents inspect the wreckage on a private beach in NiceCredit: Reuters

According to Metro France, around 450mm of rain fell in 24 hours in some areas – the equivalent of four months of rain at this time of year.

Data from ClimateData.EU shows that in October, the Nice region would typically experience 124mm of precipitation per month.

There was more rainfall than on October 3, 2015 when flooding killed 20 people in and around the city of Cannes on the French Riviera, Jeremy Crunchant, director of civil protection, told France Info.

The storm ravaged several villages around the city of Nice on the French Riviera – the city’s mayor has dubbed it the region’s worst flood disaster in over a century.

Dramatic images show houses clinging to a cliff completely eroded by the storm in the south-eastern area of ​​Roquebillière.

And other photos show gigantic waves crashing against the coast of Nice – with beaches dotted with wrecks and furniture.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, told the French news channel BFM: “The roads and a hundred houses have been washed away or partially destroyed. ”

According to the French authorities, at least eight people are missing, including two firefighters whose vehicle was washed away when a road collapsed during a rescue operation.

The chaos came after the storm that ravaged the north-west of the country earlier in the week, with winds of over 112 mph recorded in Brittany on Thursday.

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People stand at the side of a damaged road as they gaze into the Roquebilliere valleyCredit: AFP or licensors
A man takes a photo of the Var flooded in the Nice region during storm Alex last night

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A man takes a photo of the Var flooded in the Nice region during storm Alex last nightCredit: EPA
A man is hit by waves on the shore near the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during last night's storm

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A man is hit by waves on the shore near the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during last night’s stormCredit: AFP or licensors

Mayor Estroni today expressed his “emotion and sympathy” for the families of the missing.

French President Emmanuel Macron also expressed his gratitude to the emergency services by tweeting: “Together we will get through this”.

Prime Minister Jean Castex and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin are also expected to arrive in the region later today.

It came after Météo France issued a danger alert for southern regions on Friday – with all schools in the region closed and people urged to stay at home.

The authorities have today lowered the alert to orange level, as the rains are heading towards Italy.

It comes as Storm Alex ravaged the UK today – as the country was hit by torrential rains, flash floods and high winds.

Dramatic footage has shown cars inundated after flooding hit southern England this morning as huge waves hit the coastline – with the worst weather yet to come.

The Met Office has issued amber weather warnings for large swathes of the country with heavy flooding posing “danger to life” in hard-hit areas.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, told French news channel BFM that more than 100 houses had been destroyed

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The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, told French news channel BFM that more than 100 houses had been destroyedCredit: AFP or licensors
Employees of the French electricity network management company Enedis repair high-voltage lines that fell after storm Alex hit the Brittany coast

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Employees of the French electricity network management company Enedis repair high-voltage lines that fell after storm Alex hit the Brittany coastCredit: AFP or licensors

Met Office issues orange warnings as Storm Alex brings flood and downpours to 90 mph



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