Swiss authorities warn of 'violent' storms

26th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Swiss authorities have warned that violent storms with winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour are to be expected in the country Friday.

"Strong and violent storms are expected starting this afternoon until midnight north of the Alps, and in the (southern) Valais and Graubuenden cantons," the Swiss government said in an alert.

It said large parts of the country were under a category 4 warning of "dangerous meteorological incidents of unusual intensity", out of a maximum level of 5.

The government called on the population to stay indoors and to avoid forests, mountain crests, water flows and steep hills.

© 2011 AFP

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