Schoolchildren and workers invited to return home amid storms in southern France – .

Schoolchildren and workers invited to return home amid storms in southern France – .

Local authorities in many parts of south-eastern France are advising residents to leave workplaces and schools as the storms worsen.
The Alpes-Maritimes, Var and Bouches-du-Rhône are all affected by the warnings today, as thunderstorms and heavy rains affecting the regions intensify.

This comes as the Bouches-du-Rhône is on red alert to flooding, while this department and five other departments – Alpes Maritimes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Vaucluse, Var and Haute-Corse – are on orange warning for thunderstorms and high temperatures. river levels.

These departments are expected to experience very heavy precipitation until 9:00 p.m. this evening, with the storm expected to be most intense between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

About 40-60mm of rain is expected to fall in the region, with 100-120mm expected in some areas, along with strong winds and hail. In the Bouches-du-Rhône, the situation will be more extreme, with 200 to 240 mm of rain falling in some places.

Since this morning, firefighters and emergency services in Bouches-du-Rhône have witnessed 1,500 incidents, mainly concerning caves and flooded roads.

Train travel is disrupted between Marseille and several other cities, including Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Les Arcs, although TGV trains are not affected and a number of roads in the Var have been cut off to traffic .

The prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes has closed schools for the afternoon as a precaution and residents are encouraged to leave work earlier.

Parents have already been urged to pick up their children from school, although the buildings remain open to house students who cannot return home.

For more information, residents of the Alpes-Maritimes can call the public information line 09 70 80 90 40.

The prefectures of Bouches-du-Rhône and Var have also asked parents to pick up their children, and school buses have started to bring students home at lunchtime.

People living in areas affected by storms are urged by local authorities to remain vigilant and stay in their homes until the rain subsides, staying on upper floors if possible and avoiding basements, cellars , trees and bodies of water.

Local residents are also encouraged to phone their relatives and neighbors to check on their health.

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