red alert in Brittany, schools closed in the south-east of France

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Forecasters raised the weather alert level in a department of Brittany from orange to the highest level of red overnight as Storm Alex hits the west coast of France, while officials from the southern department east of the Alpes-Maritimes ordered all schools to close on Friday due to severe storms.Residents of Morbihan are warned to expect power cuts and falling trees caused by the driving rain, with up to 80mm of water in a short period, and wind speeds are expected to reach between 130 km / h and 150 km / h late evening from Thursday to Friday morning.

During this time in Vendée and southern Finistère, currently on an orange weather warning, with Loire Atlantique, Ille-et-Vilaine and Côtes-d’Armor, gusts of up to 120 km / h are probable and – warn forecasters – tornadoes are possible.

In the south-east of France, meanwhile, a meteorological phenomenon known as the Mediterranean episode urged officials in the Alpes-Maritimes to close all schools on Friday.

The department is one of four in south-eastern France – with Var, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Hautes-Alpes – on orange alert for thunderstorms, heavy rains and floods for 24 hours from Thursday evening.

Forecasters warn that up to 150mm of rain could fall in some areas in a very short time.

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