“Bella” ensured that thousands of French and British households had to get by on weekends without electricity. The storm swept across both countries with strong gusts and rain.
The storm “Bella hit parts of France and Great Britain severely. Tens of thousands of households lost power and there were obstructions in traffic.
In France, the storm hit mainly the northern parts of the country in Brittany, Normandy and Hauts-de-France. The weather service Météo France reported strong gusts and high waves on the Atlantic coast. The prefecture of the department of Manche on the English Channel called on the citizens to be particularly careful because of the strong wind.
Around 18,000 French households without electricity
As the news agency AFP reported, citing the network operator Enedis, the electricity went out in around 18,000 households.
More than a third of all flights at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport were delayed by around 50 minutes. One plane from Luxembourg even had to return to its departure airport, and three other flights were diverted to Orly airport.
Top speeds of 170 kilometers per hour
“Bella” also caused massive power outages in Great Britain: in Wales, the supply was interrupted in around 20,000 households. The storm brought heavy rainfall and reached wind speeds of up to 170 kilometers per hour on the Isle of Wight in the south of the United Kingdom. Houses and cars were in the water in parts of Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire in eastern England. In addition, the British weather service warned in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland of snow and sleet showers.
In the county of Bedfordshire, authorities had called on thousands of residents to leave their homes before the storm hit, fearing that the River Great Ouse could overflow and cause flooding.
In southern England, trains were canceled due to flooded tracks, and a fallen tree blocked one of the main routes to London.