Eleanor Storm: One Dead, Four Seriously Injured, 4300 Calls to Firefighters

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The Eleanor storm has left one dead and four seriously injured

Wednesday noon, Civil Security announced that 15 people were injured, four seriously, and one person died after the passage of the Eleanor storm.

One dead, five injured including 4 serious, air traffic and rail disturbed , 225,000 homes without power : Eleanor storm, after sweeping the northern half of France and the Paris region, headed Wednesday to the southeast, with the expected winds up to 200 km / h Wednesday afternoon in Corsica  .

A 21 year old skier was killed by a falling tree on a track of the resort of Morillon (Haute-Savoie), according to police.

According to a new provisional toll at 14h, fifteen people were injured, 4 of them seriously, during the passage of the storm, which took more than 4,300 interventions firefighters, told the AFP a spokesman civil security, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Bernier.

TER outstanding in Normandy and in Alsace

Falls of electric cables, trees and objects on roads: traffic on county and state roads and the rail network was disrupted in many areas.

TER had stopped in Normandy or Alsace, according to SNCF. The train rolled normally, despite some occasional delays in these areas and in the Hauts-de-France.

The ferry traffic in Calais was “slow” but not suspended, said the prefecture. In Paris, the City decided not to open the day the different parks and the Eiffel Tower was closed to visitors due to strong gusts of wind.

Air traffic was temporarily suspended in the morning at the airport Basel-Mulhouse and Strasbourg. In the Paris region, the strong winds have also caused delays at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) where 60% of flights were delayed departure between 7:15 ET 9:00 ET a third party on arrival.

Faced with this storm coming from the north of Ireland, Meteo-France maintained the monitoring vigilance to 44 departments in mid-day, Franche-Comté to Corsica through Savoy.

Strong gusts

Météo-France also noted gusts to Roissy 134 and 110 km/h to Paris, but also 147 km/h to Cambrai (North) and 137 km/h at Dieppe, 134 km/h Metz, 102 km/h in Lille, 107 km/h to Reims and 103 km/h to Clermont-Ferrand.

“To Paris and Roissy, we must go back to 2010, the famous storm Xynthia, to have such strong values ​​(…) It’s been eight years we did not have such strong gusts in the Ile-de-France” , said Frederic Nathan, forecaster at Météo-France.

Wave at Auderville in Normandy, January 3, 2018
Wave at Auderville in Normandy, January 3, 2018 (© AFP)

Four seriously injured

“Of the four serious injuries are a man who fell from his roof in Seine-et-Marne , a woman who received a cement block in the Upper Rhine, a motorcyclist hit a tree in Eure-et -Loir and one person injured in his car by a falling tree in the Essonne “, told the AFP Lieutenant Colonel Michael Bernier.

The storm was moving at mid-day south-east. Wind gusts of around 180 or 200 km / h were expected in the afternoon and evening on the Cap Corse and Cape Sagro warned Météo-France.

Up to 180 km/h at altitude

In the Northern Alps, the winds were to strengthen to reach 100 km/h at medium altitude and 120 km/h to 180 km/h above. The Val Thorens resort (Savoie) closed the top of his field, the wind in addition to exceptional snowfall.

Almost all departments of the north coast of Finistere in Pas-de-Calais were placed in vigilance orange wave-submersion, in a context of strong tidal coefficients;

Three departments were also placed in amber alert for flood risk (Seine-Maritime, Eure, Gironde).

The weather risks have also led France Galop to see Thursday and Friday the eight horse races scheduled Wednesday at Deauville racecourse (Calvados).

Eleanor is the fourth storm to hit the country since the beginning of December, after Ana, Bruno and Carmen. The latter left France on the night of Monday to Tuesday, after sweeping especially Brittany, the Atlantic coast and Corsica, with gusts over 130 km/h.

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