Western France braces for 130km/h winds

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Storm Miguel started moving in on western France Friday morning with winds expected to reach 130km/h.

A total of 8 departments – Charente-Maritime, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée and Vienne –  were placed on orange alert – the second highest warning – for storms by France’s national weather agency Meteo France at 6am on Friday morning.

Apart from strong winds, heavy rain is also expected: 10 to 20 mm of rain could fall in 24 hours between Brittany, Normandy and Pays de la Loire.

Residents in these areas were warned to take precautions due to the risk of dangerous weather conditions, with the warnings expected to remain in place until Saturday at 6am.

On Friday, Storm Miguel is expected to cross Brittany, before heading for the North Sea in the evening.

The Channel coast will also experience the effects of the storm as the low winds return to the British Isles in the evening, with gusts exceeding 110 km / h.

'Miguel' storm in northern Spain
Tourists protect themselves from the rain and the wind as the squall ‘Miguel’ hits Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The northern parts of the country are expected to experience strong winds and heavy rainfall in the next days due to ‘Miguel’ storm. Photo:EPA-EFE/Lavandeira jr

The storm follows two days of weather warnings for Paris and northern France, which saw thunderstorms and torrential rains and, in some places, flash flooding.

The bad weather is also effecting northern Spain. Galicia’s Xunta General Direction of Emergencies and Interior suspended all outdoor sport activities in the involved areas and turned on the orange weather warning due to the strong winds and heavy rainfall

The unseasonable weather has been attributed to higher than usual air pressures in the north causing cooler temperatures.


Via The Local France

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