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Q4 new departments have been positioned on orange alert for floods, this Saturday, February 10 at 4 p.m. These are Charente-Maritime, Gironde, Landes and Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Pas-de-Calais additionally stays on orange alert for a similar threat.

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“A succession of active disturbances has affected a large part of the country since the start of the week and has generated significant precipitation in the west, north and north-east of the country, causing floods which are slowly spreading in these sectors” , specifies the Vigicrues web site. And to finish: “On the estuaries of the Atlantic coast placed on orange alert, the rising tidal coefficients and the surges will cause significant overflows during high tides. »

Indeed, this Saturday, Météo-France observed significant wave heights, with “5 meters at Pierres Noirs, 4.40 m at Belle-Île and 3.10 m at Cap Ferret”. The company warns: in these areas, the scenario will take “several days before returning to normal”. Thus, site visitors may very well be made tough by flooding and energy cuts are to be feared.

These alerts are along with these for Sunday February 11, a day for which eleven departments are already on orange wave-submersion vigilance by Météo-France. The departments involved are Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes, Gironde, Charente-Maritime, Vendée, Loire-Atlantique, Morbihan, Finistère, Côtes-d'Armor, Ille-et-Vilaine and the Channel. This scenario is linked to the Karlotta melancholy which circulates “over the south of England and the English Channel”.