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Storm Gabriel moves from French territory, heads to Germany

Two French regions remained on high alert as Storm Gabriel moved eastwards to Germany.
Two French regions remained on high alert as Storm Gabriel moved eastwards to Germany. RFI/Mike Woods

Two regions in France remained on high alert on Wednesday as Storm Gabriel moved eastwards across the country towards Germany. The Aveyron in the south-west and the Meuse in the east maintained their "orange" status as snow blocked roads.

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Despite rising temperatures in northern France some 40,000 homes were without electricity and rail services were hampered after fallen trees cut power lines and blocked tracks.

The transport association Sanef reported cancelled bus services in Amiens and Lille until late Wednesday morning with flights resuming at Lille-Lesquin airport just before midday.

Transport minister, Elisabeth Borne, on Tuesday urged motorists to be cautious if they had to venture out.

The RN 118 in Les Ulis to the south-west of Paris reopened on Wednesday afternoon. Police closed the road on Tuesday in anticipation of heavy snowfall.

In February 2017, around 2,000 were trapped on the stretch in freezing temperatures.

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