Deadly storms in South of France cause travel chaos

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By Euronews  with AFP, THE CONNEXION
Deadly storms in South of France cause travel chaos

Severe storms in the south of France have left three people dead and caused major travel chaos in Languedoc.

A couple in their eighties were killed in Montpellier when their car was swept away by flood water.

The city centre was also innondated with a record .64mm of rain falling in just half an hour –

The weather also caused the shutdown of rail traffic in the region.

A high speed TGV was forced to stop due to a mudslide – all 250 passengers had to be evacuated.

It meant that all trains were cancelled in both directions between Nimes and Montpellier affecting thousands of passengers. In Cantal a 71 year-old tourist from the Paris region was killed when a tree fell on his caravan.

The stormy conditions also caused a stretch of the A75 motorway to be closed.

Another eight departments in western France are also on orange alert because of strong winds. They are the Loire-Atlantique, Vendée, Indre, Vienne, Deux-Sèvres, Charente-Maritime, Maine-et-Loire and Indre-et-Loire.