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.
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.
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.
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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.