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First Drought, Now Downpours as Storms Slam France, England

People with umbrellas walking in the rain on Millennium Bridge, London, Aug. 17.

People with umbrellas walking in the rain on Millennium Bridge, London, Aug. 17.

Photographer: Victoria Jones/PA/AP Photo

Paris (AP) -- After a summer of drought, heat waves and forest fires, violent storms are whipping France and have flooded Paris subway stations, snarled traffic and disrupted the president’s agenda.

Winds over 100 kph (60 mph) were recorded at the top of the Eiffel Tower during a flash flood Tuesday, and similar winds were forecast Wednesday in the southeast.