France recovers after Storm Ciara hits

Waves battered the coastline last night, with strong winds causing disruption today

Almost 130,000 homes are without power, and air and train travel are disrupted in the aftermath of Storm Ciara, with 27 departments France still on orange alert for wind and flooding.

The alerts are also for high waves on the northern coastline.

Electricity company Enedis confirmed that the biggest electricity cuts had been seen in Brittany, Normandy, Hauts-de-France, Grand Est, Ile-de-France and in the Centre.

Airports

There may be some continued disruption at airports this morning (Monday February 10), after many services were cancelled and disrupted due to strong winds yesterday - including at airports in Caen, Lille, Brest, and Beauvais.

However, despite around 50 flights being cancelled yesterday (Sunday), traffic at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly was back to normal this morning.

Trains

TER trains are disrupted in the Hauts-de-France this morning, after services were suspended on Sunday night. Most Transilien and RER services are running, but at a reduced speed. SNCF has said it is planning for all lines to return to normal by mid-morning.

Trains are also reporting problems in Grand Est, with many TER services cancelled or delayed due to fallen trees across tracks.

 

Ferries

Ferries between Calais and Dover in the UK were suspended last night, but services are operating as normal this morning, despite continued choppy seas in the Channel.

Further damage

Grand Est also reported a number of large trees blown over major roads, affecting transport access, and pulling over electricity wires.

In Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (Vosges), 150 m2 of a school roof was blown off, while in Volgelsheim (Haut-Rhin), around 100 firefighters were called to a fire at a mill workshop, with the flames “constantly fanned by the wind”, according to emergency services.

Forecaster Météo France continues to have an orange alert (second-most severe) for 27 departments - including most of the north east, the Alpes-Maritimes, and Corsica - as Storm Ciara sweeps towards the east. The storm is expected to have passed completely by 21h tonight.

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