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IN PICTURES: Storm Miguel batters western France

Storm Miguel hit the western part of France on Friday, bringing winds of up to 100 km/h and heavy rain.

IN PICTURES: Storm Miguel batters western France
The lifeboat in heavy seas. Photo: AFP

As the waves battered the seas, three members of a French lifeboat crew died after their vessel capsized off Tanchet aux Sables-d'Olonne in the Vendée.

READ ALSO Three dead and one missing as Storm Miguel strikes western France

Rescue workers by the capsized boat. Photo: AFP

The crew had been going to the rescue of a fishing boat which got into difficulties in the treacherous seas.

People in the western part of France were ordered to stay away from the coast as the storm continued to move north throughout the day.

A total of eight départements are on an orange alert for storms, and the warning lasts until 6am on Saturday.

The storm strikes at Angoulin. Photo: AFP

 

The areas affected are Charente-Maritime, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée and Vienne.

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Storm Amelie pummels France with gales and torrential downpours

Storm winds blasted southwest France Sunday, whipping up giant ocean waves, uprooting trees and leaving some 140,000 people without electricity, authorities said.

Storm Amelie pummels France with gales and torrential downpours
Photo: DAMIEN MEYER / AFP

Fourteen of the country’s 100-odd departments were placed on high alert as storm Amelie brought heavy rains to the Atlantic coast, with winds exceeding 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour in places.

Emergency services attended to hundreds of callouts as gusts dropped trees on roads and railway tracks and tore loose live electrical cables.

No deaths or injuries have been reported. Weather service Meteo France said winds as strong as 163 km/h were recorded in the coastal departments of Gironde and Landes, and 121 km/h in Bordeaux.

Electricity supplier Enedis said it was working round the clock to restore electricity to some 140,000 customers left without power by the storm. In the Landes department, 47 people had to be evacuated from a camp site, and a casino roof collapsed.

Several trains in the area were cancelled or delayed, according to the SNCF railway operator.

The southeast of France was not spared, with heavy rainfall forcing the evacuation of a gypsy camp. More than two dozen motorists had to be rescued as their cars got stuck in the deluge.

Several shops and homes in the southeast had their basements flooded.

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