Powerful storms are expected in the northern departments of Aisne, Oise, Ardennes, Marnes, Seine Maritime, Nord, Pas-de-Calais, and the Somme beginning at approximately 16:00 (local time) on Thursday, July 6, and lasting until 22:00. The French meteorological agency (Météo France) has placed these eight departments under “Orange” warnings - the second-highest warning on a four point scale. Heavy rain, hail, strong winds (80-100 km/h [50-60 mph]) and strong electric activity are forecast.
Transport disruptions (rail, road) due to debris blocking roads or tracks are possible, along with potential flight disruptions. Localized power cuts and flooding may also occur.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to keep abreast of weather forecasts and adhere to any orders issued by the local authorities.
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