After the winter storm “Bella” passed through, around 12,000 households in northern France are without electricity. The coastal regions of Brittany and Normandy were affected, as the AFP news agency reported on Sunday, citing the network operator Enedis.
The weather service Météo France announced that there were strong gusts and high waves on the Atlantic coast. The orange alert was lifted for the Finistère and Manche departments on Sunday morning.
Nevertheless, the “gusts could occasionally reach 100 kilometers per hour on the Atlantic coast and in the north-west,” the French newspaper “Le Monde” quoted a press statement from Météo-France. The prefecture of the department of Manche on the English Channel called on citizens to be particularly careful because of the strong wind.
Wind speeds of 170 kilometers per hour
The storm also swept across Great Britain: There are still more than a hundred warnings of flooding, the competent authority announced on Sunday morning. Houses and cars were in the water in parts of Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire in eastern England.
Several people had been asked to leave their homes. On the Isle of Wight, wind speeds of 170 kilometers per hour were measured at night. The storm could cause a further increase in rivers, it said by the experts.