Storm Ciara set to batter northern France this Sunday
Winds of more than 100kph and coastal flooding is expected in France this weekend, as Storm Ciara sweeps across the northern third of the country.
Forecaster Météo France warned that the storm is expected across the UK, but also Benelux and the north of France.
Heavy rain is also expected, and temperatures will range from 8°C-12°C.
Météo France explained that the storm had come from the United States and Caribbean, with hot subtropical air from the south mixing with colder, polar air, contributing to a “powerful jet stream” being transported “east-north-east”.
The storm will cross the Atlantic on Saturday, before making landfall in Europe on Sunday.
La tempête #Ciara est attendue dimanche sur les îles britanniques, mais aussi sur le Benelux et un tiers nord de la France. Cette forte tempête hivernale sera associée à des vents durablement forts ainsi que de très probables submersions côtières.— Météo-France (@meteofrance) February 6, 2020
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The forecaster said: “This very strong winter storm will be associated with very strong, lasting wind and very probable coastal flooding.”
The alert comes days after Storm Hervé hit the opposite end of the country, with winds of more than 195kph across Corsica.
The winds fanned the flames of a forest fire that had already destroyed more than 1,000 hectares of land between Quenza (Corse-du-Sud) and Solaro (Haute-Corse), but no-one was injured.
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