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Weather in France. Storm Gerard has already brought strong winds. Downpours, floods and heavy snowfall are expected now

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France is struggling with the effects of violent weather. Some parts of the country have already experienced strong gusts of wind associated with Storm Gerard. In places, they even reached 163 kilometers per hour. Heavy rain and heavy snowfall is expected in the coming hours.

As many as 75,000 French people were left without electricity on Monday. As reported by French energy companies, the cause of the failure was weather conditions, specifically storm raging in the western regions of the country.

Meteorological warnings

More than 20 departments in the west and north of the country and around Paris have orange storm warnings in place. This is the second level of meteorological alert, in a three-level, ascending scale of the local meteorological service. Forecasters also warn against strong winds and possible flooding. Much of the country is also struggling with heavy snowfall and icing.

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As reported, the gales are associated with the Gérard low. According to forecasts, the system will move to the northern regions during the day. Then it will start to lose intensity.

Up to 163 kilometers per hour

In the Pas-De-Calais department, the river Hem flooded. Snow storms appeared over the Massif Central. Corsica, on the other hand, struggles with high waves.

There was a gust of wind last night. In the town of Barneville-Carteret, as much as 163 kilometers per hour were recorded. At Pointe du Raz, gusts accelerated to 158 km/h, slightly less on Groix Island – 148 km/h. In Saint-Nazaire, the wind was blowing at a speed of 125 km/h, and on the coast of the Charente-Maritime department at a speed of about 100-130 km/h.

French forecasters also warn that a rain front with quite intense rainfall will roll from west to east. The forecast sums of rain are to be “significant”.

Further failures possible

As the weather can still be very unsettled, more power and telecommunication failures are possible. Distribution networks, roofs and chimneys can be destroyed and traffic can be severely disrupted. Already some roads in Morbihan, Brittany, are blocked by broken branches. In Normandy, the weather contributed to the closure of the railway network on several lines.

“To ensure the safety of passengers and staff, this exceptional meteorological event requires adjustments to transport plans in Normandy,” the airline said on its website.

All residents of the orange alert regions have been asked to stay away from water bodies, not to use even partially flooded roads, to keep abreast of the weather situation and to avoid staying in basements and underground rooms.

Reuters, connexionfrance.com., BFM TV

Main photo source: Ventusky/Twitter/VigiMétéoFrance

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