Storm Amélie wreaks havoc

Monaco and the French Riviera were battered by heavy storms on the weekend, with flash flooding, fallen trees and wall collapses resulting in over a hundred emergency callouts.

It was in the early hours of Sunday morning that the worst of the storm hit, with violent downpours wreaking havoc on the region. The storm, named Amélie by forecaster Météo France, was “the first autumnal storm, requiring particular vigilance”. They had issued an orange weather warning for around midnight.




More than 32mm of rain fell within an hour in Valbonne, while Eze experienced 51mm over the same time frame. Nice, Saint-Laurent du Var and Cagnes sur Mer were also particularly affected, with many roads flooded.




Several hundred lightning strikes were recorded: 92 in Nice, 60 in Mougins… in total 732 lightning strikes hit the region within the space of just three hours.


The Alpes Maritimes fire brigade responded to 160 calls for help with everything from flooded cellars to landslides. Emergency crews rescued 14 people trapped in rapidly rising waters in the Nice neighbourhood of Bon Voyage. Meanwhile, heavy rainfall triggered a major landslide that covered the A8 motorway in l’Ariane at 3.48am, closing down the highway for several hours.

Due to a landslide, the RM 6098 (Beausoleil – Basse Corniche) was closed in two directions from 6pm Saturday. A detour via the Moyenne Corniche was put in place.

By Sunday afternoon, around 50 emergency teams were still surveying the area.


The orange alert remained in place early Sunday, although it had been lifted by late morning as thunderstorms eased. The Nice-Cannes marathon went ahead as planned but the 8am start was delayed by 30 minutes due to the weather.

The weekend deluge follows violent thunderstorms on Thursday in Nice which flooded numerous roads and closed down parts of the city to traffic.

In stark contrast, skies above Monaco and the French Riviera are forecast to be clear on Monday with highs of around 16 degrees Celsius.