Storm Inès: Wind and flood alert for northwest France
Six departments are on orange alert today (Thursday February 13) as Storm Inès brings gusts of up to 116kph, potentially causing damage and transport disruption.
As of this morning, the departments of Calvados, Manche, Seine-Maritime, Eure, Pas-de-Calais and the Somme are on orange alert (the second-most severe level).
La dépression #Inès circulera des îles britanniques vers l'Allemagne ce jeudi. Vent fort prévu dans sa partie sud, soufflant parfois en #tempête.— VigiMétéoFrance (@VigiMeteoFrance) February 12, 2020
Sur #Manche et #Calvados, entre 11h et 16h, rafales de 90-110 km/h dans les terres, 110-130 km/h sur les côteshttps://t.co/rJ24zzmmy4 pic.twitter.com/ZpDWIkP1JB
Four of the six departments are at risk of very high, strong waves on the coastline (Manche, Pas-de-Calais, Seine-Maritime and the Somme). Two are at risk of intense winds (also Manche, and Calvados), and two are at risk of flooding (Eure and Seine-Maritime).
Winds of up to 116kph have already been recorded, with more expected. Météo France warned of the potential for more damage.
Il fallait être prudent en prenant le café ce matin ! #tempeteInes #surcote de 50 cm environ : 13,18 mètres relevés au lieu des 12,67 mètres théorique.#houle qui continue de s'amplifier à marée descendante.— Meteolafleche.com (@Meteolafleche) February 13, 2020
A 24 heures près, la situation aurait pu être problèmatique ! pic.twitter.com/3LRKWJwdUF
Météo France said: “[We expect] gusts of wind of 80 to 90kph away from the coasts in the departments on orange alert, and up to 115kph on exposed headlands (116kph in Barneville, 115kph in Cherbourg, and 106kph at Port-en-Bassin. Serious damage may be caused.”
It added: “Driving conditions could be difficult in the local area, and there may be some disruption for air, rail, and sea transport.”
High wind coupled with the high seas could “risk causing flooding on exposed and vulnerable parts of the coastline in the Seine-Maritime”, the forecaster added.
Inès, named by forecaster Météo France, has arrived just days after Storm Ciara hit, and will itself hit landfall just days before the next named storm - Storm Dennis (named by the UK Met Office) - is set to arrive from across the Atlantic.
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