Storm Ciara leaves its mark

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

The alerts were 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.

Services from many airports were disrupted on Sunday and Monday, although despite around 50 flights being cancelled to Paris, traffic at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly was back to normal on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, passengers trying to get to and from Britain on Sunday found that flights were not only delayed, but many were cancelled.  Gatwick airport was closed for three hours on Sunday.

Trains

TER trains were disrupted on Monday, after services were suspended on Sunday night.

Ferries

Most services between Calais and Dover were operating as normal on Monday, despite continued choppy seas in the Channel.  Sunday’s services were badly disrupted.

Further damage

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

France Meteo report that the storm will have passed by Tuesday morning.

Source: The Connexion, Twitter, BBC