Heavy rain hits Paris and floods metro stations

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Torrential rains hit Paris on Tuesday evening after a recent heatwave across France flooded metro stations in the French capital.

Transport organization RATP said several Paris metro stations, including Balard, were inundated with water.

Météo France reported that a month’s worth of rain fell in the space of an hour.

France 24 journalist Lauren Bain was on a bus in southern Paris when water flooded through the doors, reaching passengers’ feet.

“It was scary,” Lauren told France 24, “because we saw the water coming in and we didn’t know if we were going to make it.”

Another resident of the French capital filmed a motorcyclist driving through deep water, joking that Paris is beautiful in August because you can even ride a jet ski.

The Eiffel Tower weather station recorded winds of up to 104 km/h.

Meteorological services reported that the level of the Seine had risen by 35 cm due to heavy rain.

The Paris fire department has issued warnings to residents, telling them how to stay safe during the downpour – advising them to stay indoors.

France’s weather services said much of southern France could be hit by storms later this week.

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