At least two people have been reported dead and a further 12 missing as a result of torrential rain brought by Storm Alex as of Saturday, October 3, as the storm hit the French Riviera coast and inland areas. The fatalities were confirmed by Mayor Christian Estrosi of Alpes-Maritimes' Nice. Among those missing include two firefighters.
Heavy rains have been ongoing in the department since Friday morning, October 2, which have caused bridge collapses, power outages, and road closures. Météo France had issued the highest red warning level for rain and rough seas for the department, but the warning was lifted on Saturday morning as rains eased.
Further heavy rain and rough seas are expected in the coming hours. Associated disruptions to transport and businesses are likely during the passing of the storm.
Those in Alpes-Maritimes department are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
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