Meteo France issued red weather warnings (the highest on a four-tier scale) at 06:00 (local time) on Thursday, January 23, for the Pyrénées-Orientales and the Aude departments. It forecasts between 3-5 cm (1-2 in) of rainfall per hour, as well as occasional thunderstorms to impact the southwestern departments until midday on Thursday. The meteorology agency has also issued an avalanche watch for the Pyrénées-Orientale.
Related transportation disruptions, hazardous driving conditions, and power outages are possible over the coming hours.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to consult local sources to keep abreast of weather alerts, confirm travel reservations and road conditions before heading out, and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities.