Friday, January 30, 2015

Weather: 27,500 homes without electricity in the Southwest – The Obs

Weather: 27,500 homes without electricity in the Southwest – The Obs

Paris (AFP) – Some 27,500 homes were without power Friday morning after a night marked by strong gusts of wind in the South West, home to half of the eleven departments placed in orange alert to weather Saturday night by Meteo France.

There is no electricity in 12,000 homes in Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées 15,500, told AFP Boutaud Frederick, director of external relations ERDF in the Southwest .

Pyrénées-Atlantiques were the most affected, with 8,000 homes without power, followed by the Hautes-Pyrénées (5,000) and Haute-Garonne (5,000), he said.

The wind blew in gusts over 100 km / h on the night of Thursday to Friday in the Southwest, according to Météo France.

Ariege, Haute-Garonne the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrenees, remained Friday morning placed in amber alert “rain-flood” and “wind”.

The orange alert “wind” has instead been lifted in the Landes Gers. This department remains orange alert “raw”.

Météo France has also placed in orange alert “snow-ice” Ain, Doubs, Isere, Jura, Savoie Haute-Savoie.

The end of the event on the eleven departments is scheduled for early Saturday at 21:00, according to Météo-France.

In Aquitaine, relief conducted a hundred interventions in the Landes and 180 in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, mainly to clear the roads hampered by fallen trees or flooded cellars dry.

falling trees have resulted four traffic accidents that have four slightly injured in the Landes. In the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, a carpenter of 41 years was seriously injured in Mont, after falling six meters while he then moved back tiles on a roof

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Midi-Pyrenees, only a few dozen calls in total were made for water leaks, broken tiles or falling trees.

Haute Garonne, a house collapsed in Labastidette, presumably because of the rain and wind, according to firefighters. Its two occupants had managed to escape before.

In the mountains, snow become very important, with a layer of snow from 50 to 80 cm by Friday evening around 1500 m, locally 1 meter above 1,500 m.

The snow level is going down to 500 m in the Alps, and locally 300 m in some inland valleys and Franche-Comté with showers at times heavy and accompanied by violent gusts of wind.

The traffic conditions are however “back to normal” in Ain, Isere, Savoie and Haute-Savoie, according to the Regional Centre ‘Road Information and Coordination (CRICRs) Rhône-Alpes, which has lifted the ban in force traffic for trucks since Thursday midnight on several roads.

In addition, Prefectures Isère, Hautes-Alpes and Haute-Savoie warned against the risk of avalanches, valued at Level 4 of 5 in many Alpine peaks.

Since the beginning of the winter season 2014-2015, 18 people died in avalanches in France, according to the National Association for the Study of Snow and Avalanche (Anena).


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