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Man killed by falling tree as record-breaking winds hit Paris

A man has died after a tree fell on his car as record winds hit Paris.

Man killed by falling tree as record-breaking winds hit Paris
A man died in Paris on Thursday after a tree fell over his car. Photo: AFP

A male driver in Paris died on Thursday after a tree fell over his car on the Quai Branly in the 7th arrondissement in the early afternoon, the French fire brigade said, after winds of 117km/h hit the capital.

 

The national weather forecaster Météo France said the winds that were slamming over the capital were “very strong,” sometimes “passing 100/110 km/h).” 

 

Gusts as strong as 117 km/h had swept over the city's southern park Monstouris – a February record unseen since the storm Xynthia raged over the capital in 2010.

 

Firefighters said they were “fully mobilised,” but that they were overwhelmed with calls and asked people not to contact them except in the event of an emergency.

 

Paris authorities closed off all green spaces for the rest of the day to avoid any further accidents.

The northeastern part of the country also braced itself for winds of a strength up to 100 km/h later on Thursday, according to La Chaine Météo, although the winds would not be as strong as those hitting the capital. Northern France has also seen snow and ice storms over Thursday.

 

 

 

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South west France on red alert for flooding

Five areas in south west France have been placed on a red weather alert for flooding as storms lash the region.

South west France on red alert for flooding
Storms are moving in to south west France over the Pyrenees. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Météo France has placed five départements in south west France – Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne and Ariège – on a red weather alert for heavy rains and flooding.

Extremely heavy rainstorms have hit the area, with a band of storm clouds travelling along the Pyrenees, bringing the risk of avalanches in the mountains and flooding in lowland areas.

The neighbouring département of Pyrénées-Orientale is on orange alert, along with the principality of Andorra. In the north, Aisne is also on orange alert for heavy rain.

Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Monday, gradually easing off towards the evening, although the flood alerts remain in place until Tuesday. 

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