Storm Ciaran, which carries winds exceeding 100 kilometers per hour, will hit northwestern France and the southern coast of the British Isles on the night from Wednesday to Thursday. The authorities issued warnings and appeals to residents.
Ciaran, a deep low pressure system over the Atlantic Ocean, is approaching western Europe. Very strong winds are forecast in the north-west of France and on the south coast of Great Britain, gusting to 90-110 kilometers per hour over land, 110-130 kilometers per hour in the coastal zone and even 150-170 kilometers per hour over the sea.
Authorities in Brittany, France’s westernmost region, urged people to stay at home on Wednesday evening and overnight from Wednesday to Thursday. – Be careful. Avoid moving at night, said Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.
Alerts in many places
Almost all of France is under the lowest level weather alerts, but a large area of the north-west of the country has been issued a level two alert for heavy rainfall and stormsand red alerts, the highest level, have been issued for parts of Brittany and Normandy due to the forecast of very strong winds.
Meteorological warnings were also announced by the British Met Office. On Thursday, orange warnings for high winds will remain in place for parts of southern England, while yellow warnings for heavy rainfall are in place for most of England and eastern Wales and Scotland.
Some people are already struggling with flooding
Even before the disaster struck, there were downpours in Great Britain caused by storms Agnes and Babet, which caused flooding.
The situation is difficult, among others, in Northern Ireland, where local flooding occurred and the police advised people to refrain from traveling.
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