WEATHER: The storm Leiv caused wind gusts recorded at 148 km/h in Cap Ferret on the Gironde coast …
We were expecting a storm of exceptional violence. At least 250,000 homes were without electricity Saturday morning after the passage of the storm “Leiv” in three departments of the Southwest of France (Charente, Charente-Maritime and Gironde), did we learn from the distributor Enedis (ex ERDF).
— Enedis (@enedis) February 4, 2017
The red alert “winds” in the three départementsa lifted by Météo France. These three departments are now placed in amber alert for “winds” as 16 others.
50,000 homes without power in Gironde
About 50,000 homes were without electricity in Gironde, mainly in the Médoc, 150,000 in Charentes, a miliar in the Landes, as a point of Enedis and prefecture around 7:30 am, more than two hours after the start of passage Leiv.
The storm, described as “exceptional” by Météo France, caused gusty winds recorded at 148 km/h in Cap Ferret on the Gironde coast, 144 km/h in Royan (Charente-Maritime). There has been no major damage or injuries, according to the first results of the prefectures.
A hundred interventions firefighters
Around 7.30am, firefighters had recorded a hundred interventions in Gironde, Charente and Charente-Maritime, mainly to falling trees and power lines, blocked roads, and relief to the person without special gravity. In Lacanau (Gironde), a tree fell on a car whose driver was able to escape in time, unscathed, reported the prefecture.Disruptions in transport were also reported. Delays of a hour and a half to two hours are announced for the Paris-Toulouse and Paris-Arcachon lines.
@SurfingBody Prévoyez 1h20 de retard pour votre train.
— SNCF (@SNCF) February 4, 2017
Sixteen departments Southwest, Central and Central East were placed in orange alert for “winds”: Allier, Cher, Corrèze, Creuse, Dordogne, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Landes, Loire, Puy-de -Dôme, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, Vienne, Haute-Vienne, Nièvre and Saône-et-Loire. The end of these storms is scheduled for Saturday at 16:00. Charente-Maritime Gironde, Landes and the Vendée are also orange alert for “wave submersion”.