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More weather warnings as storms sweep through France
Waves break over the harbour of Lesconil, western of France. Photo: AFP

More weather warnings as storms sweep through France

The Local · 9 Feb 2016, 12:28

Published: 09 Feb 2016 07:47 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Feb 2016 12:28 GMT+01:00

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France's weather service Météo France put six more départements on "orange alert" across France late on Tuesday morning, taking the total number to 28.

The extreme weather arrived on Sunday, and thanks to the "exceptionally high sea levels" has seen powerful waves lashing against the coast.

The public have again been warned about venturing too near to the sea and to resist the temptation of getting too close.

Météo France warned of the risk of coastal flooding.

But it's not just the départements along the coast that have been placed on alert. Those inland in the west and very north of the country have also been issued warnings due to high winds and heavy rain (see map below).

Winds of up to 120km/h are forecast to hit the Somme, Pas-de-Calais and Nord. 

According to weather service Météo France Tuesday will see "a new episode of violent gales that requires particular vigilance."

"After a period of calm the winds from the south west will pick up again along the Atlantic coast, prompting swells and high waves," said its Tuesday bulletin.


The areas on alert are: Aube, Haute-Marne, Yonne, Auvergne, Lorraine, Nord-pas-de-Calais, Picardie, Ardennes, Charente-Maritime, Gironde, Ille-et-Vilaine, Landes, Marne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, and Vienne. Weather warnings are expected to remain in place until Wednesday morning.

On Monday winds of up to 140km/h lashed parts of Brittany and Normandy leaving thousands without power as power cables were blown down.

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In Paris the wind blew down an advertising hoarding in Paris, not far from the Arc de Triomphe, seriously injuring two people (see tweet below).

One of them, a young woman in her early 20s was left fighting for her life and suffering serious head wounds. She was rushed to a hospital in a coma, while the other, a young man, suffered a broken leg.

Woman in coma as storm blows over billboard in Paris

Two people were left injured after this sign blew over in Paris. Photo: Photo Brigade des sapeurs pompiers de Paris
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