Storm Bella Knocks Out Power To 18,000 French Homes As It Sweeps Through The Country.
Over 18,000 French homes were without power Sunday, Dec. 27, as Storm Bella crossed into France from the British Isles, in its was uprooting trees and bringing violent winds of 136km/h to the country’s north-west region. The worst affected was Brittany, where electricity was cut to more than 6,600 homes, although no major damage was reported.
Seven governmental departments have been put on orange alert for the risks associated with violent winds, snow and potential flooding. Residents have been warned that dangerous gusts of wind, which were also felt in Paris, would be blowing over the north-western half of the country, and then from the south-west to the north-east in the evening – particularly along the coasts. The winds and rains abated in some areas by the late afternoon, but heavy snow was forecast on higher ground in the south of the country heading into Monday, Dec.28.
Over a third of flights from France’s main airport of Charles de Gaulle north of Paris had suffered delays of an average of 50 minutes due to the storm. However, airport operator ADP said, “air traffic has now returned to normal”. Three flights heading to the airport were re-routed to Paris Orly airport south of Paris, while an Aeroflot flight landed in Amsterdam and a plane heading from Luxemburg turned back.
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