Carmen Storm Leaves France, End of the Orange Alert

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Carmen storm has left France, no department on Orange alert

Carmen storm swept France on Monday 1st January 2018. No more department is on orange alert for strong winds.

The Carmen storm left France, where more no department is orange alert for strong winds, especially after sweeping the coast of Brittany, the Aquitaine coast and Corsica with gusts over 130 km/h leaving many without power, still 11,000 homes this Tuesday morning.

Alert lifted in Corsica

The vigilance orange “wind” was lifted on the Haute-Corse and the Corse-du-Sud, the last two departments where she was still in force, said Tuesday morning Météo-France in its bulletin.

Several flights to or from the airports of Bastia and Figari (Ajaccio) were cancelled or diverted in the late afternoon on Monday.

Part of the Gironde remains orange alert “flood” but at the confluence Dordogne-Garonne.

A death and serious damage

Carmen, who began to touch the France Monday morning, is the third winter storm after Ana and Bruno in December. The winds caused a death, a man of about sixty years Sunday killed by a falling tree on his car near Saint-Jean-Pied-de- Port , in Pyrénées-Atlantiques .

Tens of thousands of homes were without electricity, and 11,000 were still all night from Monday to Tuesday, including 4,600 in Britain and 5,000 in Aquitaine, according Enedis who said in late Monday that 1,500 agents and service companies were mobilized.

In the Vendée, a wind of 62 meters high crashed in Bouin, severed at the base.

The Ministry of Interior announced in the evening that Carmen had generated the intervention of firefighters to 1,150 times.

Events for the New Year cancelled

On the Basque coast in Anglet, where the beaches are closed, a correspondent for the AFP observed waves of five meters. The beaches were also closed to Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Biarritz, with waves of five meters in places.

The coincidence of Carmen passage with high tide coefficients (97 to the open sea Monday afternoon) raised fears of marine flooding phenomena on the parties’ exposed or vulnerable, “the coast including New Aquitaine.

In Charente-Maritime, in the open sea (in La Rochelle 4:17 p.m.) “two floods were located in the estuaries of the Gironde and Charente”, according to the prefecture.

In the departments of the Atlantic coast, the weather risks have led many municipalities to cancel events planned by the sea, including the New Year swim that had to be cancelled or postponed, such as Anglet (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), reprogrammed for January 7th.

The mayor of La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime) canceled the prom New Year scheduled Monday night on the Old Port and the city of Biarritz (Pyrenees-Atlantiques) banned access to beaches until Tuesday.

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