Thursday, January 12, 2017

Strong winds : more than 80,000 homes without electricity in the West – The Figaro

VIDEO – The Weather network has placed 29 departments in orange alert for strong wind, this Thursday evening. Spikes up to 130 km/h have been recorded. Normandy, Brittany and the Loire region facing to the first power cuts. The snow should come to complicate the situation in the night.

A strong gust of wind began to sweep the regions of the northern half of France, this Thursday evening. The first gusts have been recorded at 131 km/h in Caen (Calvados). The movement of the trains between Paris and Caen has been interrupted due to falling trees on the tracks. Almost 85,000 homes were without electricity in the early evening in Normandy, Brittany and pays-de-Loire according to the manager of the electricity distribution network Enedis. “We expect that this number will increase,” said a spokesperson of Enedis. The storm is expected to last the night from Thursday to Friday, according to the forecasts The Weather network*. The maximum intensity of the gust of wind is expected, especially on the coast of Seine-Maritime and the Hauts-de-France. The rains will move away further to the south and the east of France. Des giboulées of melted snow and sleet, and even a few thunderstorms, are likely.

With a sudden cooling, a system of snow showers, sometimes heavy, will stand up to the north, according to The Weather network. These falls of snow can keep the ground, making the pavement slippery. The hills and plateaux exposed to the north, facing the coastline, are most threatened by this snow, taking the ground from 150 to 200 m altitude. All transportation to and from school and long-distance network rainbow are cancelled for the day on Friday in the Northern department. The transportation to and from school have been cancelled in the Pas-de-Calais, as well as in the Ardennes, the Aisne rivers and the Territory of Belfort.

on Friday morning, the Country of Trough, the plateau of Caux and Bray, as well as the Boulonnais may be bleached by 1 to 3 cm of snow, making the roadways slippery. The snowfall will be more continuous along the belgian border (Avesnois, Ardennes), with the risk of having a held of snow on the ground more significantly (3 to 5 cm depending on the areas and altitude). This type of weather will continue into Friday.

The Weather network has placed 29 departments in orange alert for the wind: Aisne (02), Ardennes (08), Aube (10), the Calvados (14), the Côtes-d’armor (22), the Eure (27), Finistère (29), the Sleeve (50), Marne (51), the Haute-Marne (52), Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), the Meuse (55), the Morbihan (56), the Moselle (57), Nord (59), Oise (60), the Pas-de-Calais (62), Paris (75), Seine-Maritime (76), Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines (78), the Somme (80), the Vosges (88), the Essonne (91), Hauts-de-Seine (92), the Seine-Saint-Denis (93) Val-de-Marne (94) and Val-d’oise (95). Six of these departments are also orange alert for snow and ice: in the Calvados, Eure, Nord, Pas-de-Calais, the Seine-Maritime and the Somme. Orne (61) is added to this list.

Meteo France has placed 5 departments in red: the Seine-Maritime (76), the Ardennes (08), the Sum (80), Aisne (02) and the Oise (60) and 48 departments (Brittany, pays de la Loire, Normandie, Centre Val de Loire, Burgundy, Franche-Comté, Grand est, Hauts-de-France and Ile-de-France) in vigilance orange.

* The Weather network is a company of the Figaro group.


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