Falling trees, power lines littered the ground, roads cut off, scaffolding to the ground : nearly three hours after the beginning of the passage of Leiv, only material damages were reported. No injuries had been reported in the early morning in the regions New Aquitaine and pays de la Loire.
the Three departments of the South-West had been placed in red for “high winds” on the passage of Leiv, from 5 hours and up to 13 hours on Saturday, 4 February. These departments were eventually placed in orange by Météo France in the early morning. The Vendée is, it, remained in vigilance orange tonight. The department, like its neighbours, néoaquitains to remain until in the afternoon.
“The intensity of th e weather event announced by Weather is confirmed“, summary the prefecture of the Gironde in a first point after 6 hours. “Weather consistent with the forecast“, informed shortly after the prefect of Charente-Maritime and Eric Milestone.
After 8 hours, the wind had considerably abated in the Charente-Maritime and Gironde. According to one point of Enedis (ex-ERDF), more than 250,000 homes were without electricity in the Gironde, and the Charentes, as well as a thousand in the Moors, according to the prefecture of this department. Enedis was informed to have doubled as of Friday, the numbers mobilized by weathering. Of 200 to 400 additional people were required for the force of their emergency response.
Sixteen departments in vigilance orange
On the coast, wind gusts were recorded at 148 km/h at Cap-Ferret (Gironde), 144 km/h in Royan (Charente-Maritime), 117 km/h in Bordeaux and Messanges in the Landes, one of the four departments placed in vigilance orange for “waves-submersion” with the Charente-Maritime, the Gironde and Vendée.
►meteorological Vigilance Météo France (update regularly)
a total of 16 French departments have been placed in vigilance orange for “high winds” :
The end event is scheduled for Saturday at 16: 00. the
the strong waves of the order of 8 to 10 metres were expected on the coast
However, small coefficients of the tide (61) “will weigh the impact waves/flooding on the coast”, according to Météo-France. The latter provides for a phenomenon. “below” of the Xynthia storm of February 2010, which had hit the west facade (Loire-Atlantique, Vendée, Charente-Maritime and the Pyrenees) and 53 deaths.
In anticipation of the high winds, the movement of heavy vehicles was prohibited since midnight on the national network in the region New-Aquitaine, on the ring road in bordeaux, and for 5 hours on the Aquitaine bridge in Bordeaux. 1 700 heavy trucks were immobilized on the areas of highways and the means provided for this purpose.
public transport impacted
In the Gironde, the transportation to and from school were suspended on Saturday morning, as well as the movement of trams in Bordeaux, while the schools remained closed. Accommodation centres should be opened in the day. The prefectures were called upon to limit the maximum travel in the morning.
The SNCF has informed on Friday evening that it would be the result on Saturday 4 February with reconnaissance of routes, on several lines of the Atlantic coast in Nova Aquitaine and pays de Loire. There will be TER without passengers, with agents equipped with chainsaws on either side, or placed at strategic points.
These trains of “recognition” aim “to maintain as much as possible the traffic“, date of departure on holiday (Zone C). According to one point of the prefecture of the Gironde estuary shortly before 8 a.m., traffic SNCF was not affected.
Sunday 5 February, a third storm of lesser intensity – the third year in a row in the space of four days – “Marcel”, was also expected on the atlantic coast, with winds of 100 to 110 km/h.