Powerful winds bring outages, traffic chaos to France, UK

29 March, 2016 12:00 AM printer

PARIS: Tens of thousands of homes were without power in northwestern France early Monday after the region was pounded overnight bywinds gusting to hurricane force that also triggered flight cancellations and outages in southern England, reports AFP.
Seven departments, or counties, in Normandy and Brittany were placed on “orange” alert, the second highest in Meteo-France’s three-stage warning system.
At least 60,000 homes were without power, more than half of them in the French western peninsula of Brittany, electricity grid operator ERDF said. Firemen across the two regions were called out more than 400 times, mainly to clear roads blocked by fallen trees and debris, emergency services said.
The strongest gusts were recorded on the Breton tourist island of Belle-Ile, of 150 kilometres (93 miles) per hour.