Storm Kurt: Nine Departments in West on Orange Alert

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Nine departments in the North West France have been placed on Orange Alert

The Ille-et-Vilaine Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne and the Vendée are placed in orange vigilance strong wind on Friday morning by Météo France. The alarm monitoring is maintained for the Cotes d’Armor, Brittany, the Channel and the Morbihan.

Meteo France placed five new departments in the west of France orange alert in their newsletter 6 am Friday morning: the Ille-et-Vilaine (35), Loire-Atlantique (44), Maine-the et-Loire (49) Mayenne (53) and Vendée (85).

The orange alert is extended to the strong wind phenomenon on the southern Loire Valley and eastern Britain.

These winds are causing very high waves from the southwest up to the west and south coast of Brittany on Thursday evening.

Today late Friday night, there was the Black Stones average wave height reaching 7-8 m, with maximum reaching 11-12 m. And at 6 o’clock, wind gusts reaching 60 to 75 km / h on the west of Brittany.

Thursday night, the forecast agency had raised the alert level to orange alert in four departments  : the  Cotes d’Armor (22) Finistère (29), Manche (50) Morbihan (56).

The gendarmerie of Morbihan had received several calls on Friday morning to report fallen trees on the road.

Gusts up to 130 km/h

South wind strengthens on Friday morning in Brittany and in south of the Loire Valley, says Meteo France. It will turn to the southwest and west during the day, combined with heavy showers. They also have a concern for the innermost departments of Loire and the Cotentin.

The maximum gusts could reach 110 to 120 km/h of the coast or 130 km/h near exposed headlands of the Atlantic coast.

Inland, it will reach 90 to 100 km/h peaks at 110 km/h sometimes in violent squalls.

Vigilance for wave submersion

The Atlantic depression called Kurt, is this morning in the Bay of Biscay, and heads to Brittany and the entrance to the English Channel this morning. Associated winds, stormy create very high waves throughout the Atlantic coast.

They will risk engender, mainly at the open sea submersion of low or vulnerable parts of the departments concerned.

– Coastal west and south of Finistere:

Risk period: ongoing until Friday, 3rd February at 11 am . High water Friday morning hour Le Conquet at 11 am; Concarneau at 8:52am.

Storm on the Finistère, the high waves assail the port of Guilvinec:

– Coast of Morbihan:

Risk period: Friday February 3 at 6 am on Friday, 3rd February at 11 am . High water Friday morning Time: Lorient at 8.56am.

To a lesser extent, the departments of the Loire Atlantique, Vendée, Charente Maritime, of the Gironde, Landes and Pyrénées Atlantiques are placed in yellow vigilance until 4pm at least.

Nine departments of the west are placed in orange alert Friday
Nine departments of the west are placed in orange alert Friday. | Meteo France


Meteo France recalls some precautionary measures address the phenomena of violent wind and flood waves: restrict your movements, take  care to avoid falling of trees or various objects, avoid driving on the seafront, protect the goods which could be damaged by rising water or washed away by the waves.


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