Storm Barbara leaves 76,000 homes in southern France without power

Storm Barbara leaves 76,000 homes in southern France without power
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Around 76,000 households in southern France were left without power after Storm Barbara hit, bringing 200km/h winds.

The national weather agency Météo France on Tuesday placed twelve départements on ‘orange’ alert for violent winds. They were Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrénées, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Tarn, Aveyron, Cantal, Haute-Loire, Puy-de-Dôme, Loire, Rhône and Isère.

The storm hit overnight on Tuesday, felling trees and causing power cuts, although there were no reported injuries.  

 

A total of 76,000 households were without electricity on Wednesday morning, especially in Pyrénées Atlantiques, Béarn, Haute Garonne, Landes and Limousin.

French electricity supplier Enedis evaluated the situation at 8:30am, saying that several hundreds of its employees were currently on the field to ‘’re-establish the electricity as soon as possible’’ in hard hit areas.

The wind reached a record strength of more than 200 km/h in Iraty in the Pyrénées Atlantiques département.

 

 

By Wednesday morning, winds of 100 km/h were still blowing in areas including the Pyrenean valleys and the Rhône département, according to the weather agency.

 

The orange alert was lifted at 10am on Wednesday.


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