70,000 homes with­out power in storm-hit France

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

RENNES, France: Winds gust­ing to hur­ri­cane force left nearly 70,000 homes in west­ern and north­west­ern France with­out power yes­ter­day, the na­tional elec­tric­ity grid Enedis said.

The na­tional weather agency Me­teo France said winds pow­er­ing to 160 kilo­me­ters per hour bat­tered the Bre­ton penin­sula and Nor­mandy coast overnight, and two other re­gions re­mained un­der a storm alert.

Enedis said 33,000 homes were with­out power in Nor­mandy, 18,700 in Brit­tany and 16,500 in the Loire-At­lan­tique re­gion, which lies south of Brit­tany.

A woman was se­ri­ously hurt in Brit­tany’s Cote d’Ar­mor depart­ment when her car hit a fallen tree, lo­cal of­fi­cials said.

The fire brigade in Brit­tany was called out more than 600 times dur­ing the night, mainly to clear blocked roads, they said. Me­teo-France said storm con­di­tions in the north­east­ern At­lantic had com­bined with a strong airstream di­rected at north­west­ern France, pro­duc­ing “an event that oc­curs three or four times per year.”

The agency main­tained a high­winds alert for three de­part­ments-the rough equiv­a­lents of coun­ties-in the north­west, and for three in the cen­tre-east. The winds were ex­pected to die down

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