Brittany hit by power cuts as storm alerts remain across France

Thousands of homes were left without power as the northwest was hit by storms and heavy rain. Orange alerts are now in place for rain, wind and storms near Paris, and in the southeast

3 October 2021
Dark sky with clouds and rain ahead. Brittany hit by power cuts as storm alerts remain across France

Storms and rain are still expected for 14 departments in France today after the red alert was dropped last night in Brittany Pic: Worradirek / Shutterstock

By Hannah Thompson

More than 6,000 homes were without electricity this morning (October 3) after wind of more than 115km/h hit Brittany yesterday. Orange alerts remain in 14 departments for storms, strong wind and rain.

The strongest wind was recorded on île de Groix, followed by 109 km/h recorded at the Pointe du Raz, and gusts of 108 km/h at Belle-Ile and 105 km/h at Ouessant. 

Brest and Landivisiau recorded winds of 98 km/h in the afternoon.

The department of Loire-Atlantique was on red alert for storms and heavy rain last night, with orange alerts for surrounding departments in the northwest.

This morning, Enedis confirmed that around 6,000 homes were without power on Saturday night, including 3,000 in Morbihan, 1,500 in Finistère, 1,000 in Ille-et-Vilaine, and 500 in Côtes-d’Armor.

Falling trees causing damage to electricity lines was the main reason for the power cuts.

The electricity network has since confirmed that most homes have now been reconnected this morning.

Storm alerts still in place

The most severe alerts have now been dropped for Brittany, but intense rain and wind are still forecast for 14 departments in France today.

These are: 

  • Strong rain for: Oise, Val-d’Oise, Yvelines, Paris
  • Strong wind for: Loire, Rhône
  • Storms and flooding for: Ardèche
  • Storms this evening for: Lozère, Gard, Bouches-du-Rhône, Var

Winds could reach up to 119km/h, said Météo France, and rain of up to 350mm is expected in some areas.

The forecaster warned residents to be alert as conditions can change and worsen rapidly, especially in the Mediterranean area, it said.

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