Downpours. So several departments were placed on orange vigilance by Météo-France, thunderstorms of a rare intensity hit the southwest of France this Wednesday evening. The stormy line, which is positioned between the east of Aquitaine and the west of Occitanie, brings a lot of rain.
Lot-et-Garonne is particularly affected by this precipitation. In Agen, for example, more than 130 mm of rain fell in less than three hours (including 81 mm between 7:50 p.m. and 8:50 p.m.). This volume of water represents the equivalent of 18% of the annual rainfall in the region. This is an absolute one-day rainfall record since the station opened in 1941 (73.6 mm on February 12, 1990). It’s simple, such values have never been achieved in Lot-et-Garonne.
Good news, however, the storm is now almost over in Agenais. It is slowly shifting east.
According to several witnesses and the Lot-et-Garonne prefecture, which activated a crisis unit, there was up to 1 m of water in some streets in Agen. Firefighters are already overwhelmed by calls. Several safety measures have already been carried out. At present no casualties have been counted.
In the Allier or the Gers, the volumes of water that fell on Wednesday are also considerable (more than 60 mm).
The heaviest precipitation is yet to come according to Météo-France. They should notably affect the Aude during the night from Wednesday to Thursday.
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