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France’s Atlantic coast braces for Storm Amélie

Storm Miguel hit Sables d'Olonne on 7 June 2019. Now the seaside town is waiting for Amélie.
Storm Miguel hit Sables d'Olonne on 7 June 2019. Now the seaside town is waiting for Amélie. Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP

Eight départments on the Atlantic coast have been put on orange alert as Amélie, the first storm of Autumn, is expected to hit in the early hours of Sunday.

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Most storms in France are in the Autumn. Over the last 39 years there have been 39 storms in November. 

So they're regular but they differ in intensity. 

Amélie is a sweet-sounding name but Méteo France expects her to be powerful judging by the satellite images over the Atlantic.

The weather office forecasts Amélie will hit the coast at around 1 a.m. on Sunday, bringing gales of up to 130km/h.

Eight départements have been placed on orange alert (the second highest): Charente-Maritime, Gironde, Vendée, Charente, Landes, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne.

People in those areas are advised to be vigilant and avoid travelling around.

The storm should subside by Sunday afternoon.

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