Meteo France placed this Wednesday, December 27th, five departments Southwest on orange alert for “strong winds” in the Landes, Pyrenees-Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrenees, who were from Tuesday, but also the Haute-Garonne and the Ariege. It also blows in the West, where all departments are on yellow alert. Consequences of the weather: a wounded in New Aquitaine and power cuts in Brittany.
Meteo France has enlarged the list of departments on orange alert “winds” in its bulletin updated at 6 am on Wednesday December 27th. Haute-Garonne and the Ariege in addition to Landes, Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrenees, on orange alert since Tuesday.
“Up until mid to late afternoon, respectively the western and the eastern Pyrenees, the west wind then northwest remains very strong and getting stronger, explain forecasters. With the coast, sustained speeds of 50 to 70 km/h gusts of 100 to 130 km / h in the interior of the bursts 100 to 110 km/h, then some passage of thunderstorms. ”
En lien avec la #TempêteBruno, les violentes rafales de #vent vont se propager vers le littoral méditerranéen ainsi que sur les littoraux des Hauts-de-France.
▶️ Tenez-vous informez sur @vigimeteofrance et https://t.co/3PMCknwiMZ pic.twitter.com/QkLkwOqIKB
— Météo-France (@meteofrance) 27 December 2017
Up to 157 km/h at the Pic du Midi
The strong wind propagates along the Pyrenees, now affecting a large southern half of the Haute-Garonne and the Ariege. “In the mountains, stormy gusts are, well above 100 km/h. In the plains and foothills of the Pyrenees, they can reach 100 to 110 km/h continues Meteo France in its bulletin. A strong north wind will get up at midday on the Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales yellow alert with gusts of 100 to 110 km/h, locally 120 km/h. ”
Strong waves also expected to affect the coast of Aquitaine, in Bouches-du-Rhône and western Corsica.
During the night, the are strong squalls gave strong gusts: up to 136 km/h to Messanges (Landes) and 157 km/h at the Pic du Midi (Hautes-Pyrénées).
Après ce premier coup de #vent la nuit dernière jusqu’à localement 100 km/h dans les terres et 120 sur les côtes. 2 nouveaux coup de vent avec potentiel de #tempête engendré par la dépression #Edilbert / #Bruno arrivent sur l’ouest de la France ce soir et mercredi. pic.twitter.com/AqcROOc2Xf
— Meteociel (@meteociel) 26 December 2017
The stormy weather did some damage. In the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, the Gironde and Landes, firefighters had identified before morning less than thirty operations in total, mostly for fallen trees on the road, electrical son falls, or threatening pylons collapse.
On the outskirts of Bordeaux, a young 19 year old woman was slightly injured by a falling tree on the vehicle in which she was, around 4.50am, in the parking lot of a fast food. She was transferred to the University Hospital.
Thousands of homes cut electricity in the West
In the West, all departments are on yellow alert ‘winds, “as more than 80 departments across all of France. The effects of strong gusts were particularly been felt in Armor Coast, where nearly 2,000 homes were without electrics since this morning . Same in Mayenne, where 400 homes are without electricity since Tuesday evening. In total, nearly 5,000 homes were without power this morning throughout the Western region.