PARIS – Heavy rain is drenching parts of France, with flood warnings near the English Channel, canceled matches at the French Open and soggy tourists in Paris.
Floods or strong rains are forecast for about a quarter of the country Tuesday, from Normandy in the west to Burgundy southeast of Paris.
Rescue workers have evacuated homes or ordered people to higher floors in the Pas-de-Calais region in the far north as rivers rose more than a meter (3 feet, 4 inches) in some spots, according to the local administration.
It's been raining for several days. During a sudden storm Saturday, a lightning bolt struck a children's birthday party at a Paris park. Five people remain hospitalized.
All matches at the French Open were cancelled Monday, the first all-day shutdown in 16 years.