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France warned for more wild weather as winter storms push on

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France warned for more wild weather as winter storms push on
All photos: AFP
15:04 CET+01:00
France hasn't seen the last of the winter storms after violent weather lashed northern France on Thursday night.
National weather agency Météo France issued nine departments with orange warnings for gale force winds and icy roads. 
 
An orange alert is the second highest on the agency's warning system and urges the public to stay vigilant.
 
The departments on alert are mostly in the north-east of France: Ardennes, Côte-d'Or, Doubs, Jura, Haute-Marne, Meuse, Haute-Saône, and Territoire-de-Belfort. 
 
The northern part of Corsica is also on orange alert for violent winds. 
 
 
The agency warned that winds may reach up to 140km/hr on the island - after being measured at 167 km/hr on the coastline early on Friday morning.
 
The warnings come after Thursday night saw such severe storms in the northern half of France that power was cut in 237,000 homes. 
 
Train and road traffic were delayed, and emergency services were called out 4,452 times throughout the night.
 
Over 1,100 people were evacuated from their homes, the Interior Ministry said.  
 
There were reports of structural damage across the country, including to buildings' roofs, church windows, and plenty of uprooted trees. 
 
The broken windows of the Gothic cathedral Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais of Soissons, in northern France. 
 
A fallen tree in Reims, northern France. 
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