The Eleanor storm that struck France in the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, caused extensive damage, while 51 departments are on orange alert.
Trees and roofs torn, cut roads, bridge closed to traffic. Wednesday 3rd January, a large northern half of the country is very upset because of the passage of the Eleanor storm .
51 departments have also been placed on orange alert by Meteo France, while the wind blows at more than 100 km/h on the coast.
Gusts to 147 km/h have been recorded even early in the morning at Cambrai-Epinoy (North).
2000 Enedis field agents
Many property damage were reported in the northeast quarter of the territory. To the point that 200,000 homes were left without electricity, including more than 54,000 in Normandy, announced Enedis (ex ERDF) at 9am. The public company in 2000 ensures that agents are on deck to recover as quickly as the current.
2000 agents d’intervention d’ #enedis sont sur le terrain pour réalimenter en électricité les 200000 clients impactés par le passage de la #tempête #Eleanor. Le #Service Public en action. Enedis rappelle qu’il ne faut pas toucher les fils tombés à terre. pic.twitter.com/68Dx1Gr2Zp
— Enedis (@enedis) 3 January 2018
They warn that no one should touch the poles and cables that fall to the ground.
????️Tempête #Eleanor : à 9h ce matin, 5 000 foyers sont privés d’électricité en Bretagne dont 2 000 en Morbihan, 1 000 en Côtes d’Armor, 1 000 en Finistère et 1 000 en Ille-et-Vilaine. 300 salariés et entreprises prestataires sont sur le terrain pour rétablir les foyers coupés.
— Enedis en Bretagne (@enedis_bretagne) 3 January 2018
The roof of a church flies off in the North
Firefighters were mobilized everywhere, as in Normandy, where they spoke to more than a hundred times . SNCF even interrupted train traffic in the region (except at the Rouen-Paris). In the north, the roof of the Church of Marchiennes near Douai, flew on public roads ! Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
This storm, the fourth since early December , is expected to lose intensity in the late afternoon.