Ciara was heading through France on Monday with the electricity network company Enedis reporting outages from Brittany in the west to the centre and east.
Méteo-France reported wind speeds of 130 km/h along the coast.
Vents violents liés à la tempête CIARA et phénomènes de vagues-submersion remarquables. Vents violents sur la Corse et les Alpes-Maritimes ce lundi. Crue modérée à forte sur la Seine aval. Publié le : 10/02/2020 06:00:00. Expire le pic.twitter.com/MNO9c6Saly
— Alertes Météo (@meteo_vigilance) February 10, 2020
Trees and electricity poles were blown over and roofs ripped off homes across 31 départments, fire and rescue services said.
130,000 homes are without electricity this Monday morning, according to Enedis. The regions most affected by the power cuts are Brittany, Normandy, Hauts-de-France, the Grand Est and the greater Paris Île-de-France region.
Emergency services in northern France reported “more than 400 interventions in connection with the storm”. The roofs of municipal police buildings in Caudry and a school in Le Quesnoy were damaged.
In Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (Vosges), part of a school roof was blown off.
— Lorraine-Actu (@LorraineActu) February 9, 2020
In Wimereux in Pas-de-Calais a lifeboat had to be launched for several people who had gone surfing on Sunday. The lifeboat organisation condemned “irresponsible” behaviour.
In the Parc Montsouris (in the 14th arrondissement of Paris), the record for the night was 104km/h.
SNCF train traffic across northern France is expected to be severely disrupted this morning, and flights may also be affected.
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— Transports Paris (@TransportsParis) February 9, 2020
In Paris although the metro was running largely as normal traffic on both the suburban RER services and the greater Paris Transilien network was badly disrupted and overnight several RER lines stopped running altogether due to the weather conditions.
Paris firefighters said they had received a “large number of calls” and appealed to people to limit their movements as far as possible and secure all belongings.
#TempeteCiara Les pompiers de Paris sont pleinement mobilisés pour faire face à la tempête Ciara et reçoivent un grand nombre d'appels. Limitez vos déplacements, mettez-vous à l'abri et mettez en sécurité vos biens susceptibles d'être endommagés ou de provoquer un accident. pic.twitter.com/GIfp8HNiR5
— Pompiers de Paris (@PompiersParis) February 9, 2020
Anyone booked on a flight in or out of northern France was advised to check with their airline for delays.
— Paris Aéroport (@ParisAeroport) February 9, 2020
Cross Channel ferry services were halted on Sunday but have resumed on Monday morning.
The storm is forecast to stay over France on Monday before moving east on Monday night. Throughout the day winds will gradually weaken in Paris and northern France, moving to the Vosges, Alps and Corsica – which is predicted to see winds of up to 200 km/h overnight into Tuesday.