Paris mops up as heavy rain and flash floods bring transport to a halt

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Heavy rainfall hit Paris on Tuesday evening following a recent heatwave across France, flooding several metro stations and bringing rush-hour traffic to a standstill in the French capital.

A massive storm erupted without prior warning over the skies of Paris on Tuesday evening, as commuters headed for metro stations after work.

The RATP transport organisation reported several Paris metro stations had been affected by flooding, as torretial rain pelted the city for at least 90 minutes, starting at 17h45 local time.

An estimated 44mm of rain fell within the space of an hour.

On the metro line 9, the RATP said that Alma Marceau station had been completely closed due to flooding, but traffic has since resumed.

The terminus of the metro line 8 at Balard was also inundated.

Storm and flood warnings in southern France

Météo France has placed eight departments on orange vigilance warning for the risk of thunderstorms in the south of France.

The Aude, Aveyron, Bouches-du-Rhône, Gard, Hérault, Tarn, Var and Vaucluse are on high alert.

The Gard and the Hérault are also placed under orange alert for risks of flooding.