Storm Ana: 36,000 Homes Still Without Power

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Storm Ana has still left 36,000 homes without electricity in France

After the passage of the storm Ana, 36,000 homes still remained without electricity on Tuesday morning. Mainly in the Hauts-de-France and the Loire Valley.

The aftermath from storm Ana has still deprived 36,000 homes with no electricity this Tuesday morning.  20,000 remained in the dark in the Hauts-de-France, 10,000 homes in the Pays de la Loire region and 6,000 in the Center Loire Valley, in a location point of Enedis at 8.30am, the manager of the French network power.

At the height of the storm, 120,000 French households were left without electricity.

Gusts to 160 km / h

The western France has been the most affected by the wind, before a burst of intensity to drop in mid-afternoon. In the morning, the Vendee was the most affected by the weather department. Up to 45,000 homes found themselves without power, with winds up to 160 km / h.

At the interior, the highest peak was recorded at 125 km/h to Luzon (Vendée), according to the prefecture.

In Charente-Maritime, maritime links between Aix Island and the mainland were suspended Monday morning.

In the North and the Pas-de-Calais, struck by a new snowfall in the afternoon, traffic TER between Hazebrouck and the coast and between Boulogne-sur-Mer and Calais was greatly disturbed.

A wave breaks on a lighthouse in Cassis, December 11, 2017 as Stom Ana hits France
A wave breaks on a lighthouse in Cassis, December 11, 2017 (© AFP / BORIS HORVAT)

Delays to the SNCF

The Hauts-de-France announced Tuesday they were suspending the movement of intercity and school buses in North and Pas-de-Calais. Traffic TGV was slightly disturbed.

At midday, the Montparnasse station, “less than half of TGV” from Nantes and the Poitou-Charentes region were experiencing 45 minute delays on average, related to the storm, said SNCF AFP.

The storm was also felt in the Paris region, peaking at midday that led firefighters to move more than a hundred times in Paris and the suburbs, “non-emergency” however. In the evening the mayor of Paris announced that the Eiffel Tower was closed to the public because of the weather.

Snow on the A36 between Montbéliard and Besançon,
Snow on the A36 between Montbéliard and Besançon, December 10, 2017 (© AFP / SEBASTIEN BOZON)

Over 50% of flights canceled in Nice

In Nice and its region, placed in orange alert, the coastline was partly closed to the public, including the promenade and the Christmas market. At the airport, the activity of the second platform in France after Paris was interrupted traffic recovery is not expected before 6:00 Tuesday at the earliest.

According to SNCF, the “operational difficulties have succeeded in Grasse-Ventimiglia line,” imposing the cancellation of a train score on 160.

Many delays were caused by rock falls retained in the safety nets at Eze and Beaulieu-sur-Mer, imposing a slow running trains.

The line linking Nice to the Alpine Valley of Wonders was cut off due to a lane on rock fall. In Corsica, half of the flights remained canceled Monday evening at Ajaccio airport.

In the Hautes-Alpes, near Briancon, the small village of Névache (360 inhabitants) is cut off from the world until at least Wednesday because of the snow. “It still snows a lot with a very strong wind. For a long time we had not seen it. He fell over a meter since Sunday “, said Mayor Jean-Louis Chevalier, reached by telephone by AFP.

Out of all the Alps, the authorities advise against any mountain trip due to high avalanche risk due to high accumulations of fresh snow associated with mild weather and high winds.

One dead in Portugal

According to Meteo France, it is expected more than a meter of snow above 2,000 meters high in the Southern Alps and a meter further north. In the Drôme and Ardèche, hundreds of homes were also without electricity.

Some 1,500 agents Enedis providers and enterprises have mobilized to restore electricity in users and 175 agents went elsewhere to lend a hand, according Enedis.

In the rest of Europe, high winds killed one person, a woman of about forty killed by a falling tree on his car, and three wounded in Portugal.

In Germany, more than 300 flights were canceled in Frankfurt due to snow. Snow also fell on Belgium and led to between 900 and 1,000 km of traffic jams.

Britain, which experienced its biggest snowfall since 2013, has seen hundreds of schools remain closed. Many flights were also disrupted.

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