Power cuts hit 60,000 French homes after winter storms

The division of Pyrenees-Atlantique within the Basque Country was downgraded by the climate service Meteo France nevertheless from the utmost degree crimson alert to orange.


A 70-year-old man died there Friday when his car struck a tree that had fallen into the highway in the course of the storms. Five others have been injured, two critically, when timber fell on their automobiles. In Espeins within the Lot-et-Garonne area, a person in his seventies was swept away by rising waters when he went out to fetch his mail.


Rescuers resumed searches on Saturday as floods inundated components of the area with waters rising to as much as almost 9 toes and by 30 centimetres per hour in some areas.


A firefighter holds a teddy bear as he examine a flooded neighbourhood following heavy rains in Peyrehorade, southwestern France. Photo: Iroz Gaizka / AFP   



Lot-et-Garonne was positioned underneath crimson alert for floods and a rugby rematch between Cardiff Blues and Pau for the European Challenge Cup within the metropolis of Pau on Saturday night was cancelled by the prefecture.


Flooding and landslides minimize off entry to the snowboarding stations of Gourette and Artouste, whereas the distribution of potable water within the commune of Laruns was interrupted.


In the close by Landes division, about 600 individuals have been evacuated on Friday as a safety measure in areas the place the Gaves de Pau and Oloron rivers converge.


“We are getting used to this now,” a weary pensioner who gave his identify as Christian informed AFP. “We put everything on the upper levels, and we clear out everything from the garage,” he mentioned.


“This is happening more and more,” he mentioned. “It’s here that we see there is a malfunctioning with the weather.”


Meteo France has warned that the winds posed a heightened avalanche danger within the Alps, particularly within the fashionable snowboarding departments of Isere and Savoie.   


Upper Corsica was on orange alert for winds packing speeds of as much as 150 km/h. Some 16,300 households didn’t have electrical energy and rail companies have been suspended till the afternoon.


French electrcity distributor Enedis mentioned 50,000 homes in southwestern France and 10,000 within the north, primarily in Normandy, have been with out energy.

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