Today the French met service has issued an "alerte orange" equivalent to a "flash flood warning" for the Gard department. Here is what you need to know about these typical local storms.
Languedoc enjoys a dry climate for most of the year, but it is punctuated by occasional monsoon-like heavy rainfalls, known as Cevenol storms (Cevennes storms), which can dump large quantities of water in a very short space of time on the southern slopes of the Cévennes, causing major flooding of rivers such as the Gard or the Herault. This happens most often in late summer and early autumn when warm wet air comes in of the Mediterranean. Located to the South of the Cévennes mountain range, the Uzège is exposed to those "flash floods."