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

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

Storm Barbara leaves 76,000 homes in southern France without power
Illustration photo: AFP

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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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.