France

More storms on way in Brittany and Corsica

Storm Dirk hit crossed the country this week
Storm Dirk hit crossed the country this week AFP

French weather forecasters maintained storm and flood warnings in parts of Brittany and Corsica on Thursday. As France recovered from the effects of Storm Dirk, heavy rain and strong winds were expected to hit Brittany, Normandy and the Loire valley in the afternoon.

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Three departments were on orange alert Thursday, with predictions of rivers breaking their banks in the Morbihan and Ile-et-Vilaine in Brittany and a strong west wind whipping

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up waves in the sea off south Corsica, also leading to a danger of flooding.

The Météo France weather authority also predicted heavy snowfall in the Auvergne mountains and warned of the danger of avalanches in the Alps and Pyrenees.

Other areas were still recovering from the damage caused by storms that crossed the country from north-west to south-east on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:

  • The A26 motorway between the channel part of Calais and the eastern city of Troyes was closed for two hours as high-tension electricity lines were repaired;
  • 20,000 households - 19,000 of them in Brittany and the Loire - were still without electricity, although most of the 300,000 homes who suffered power cuts were back on the grid;
  • Air traffic returned to normal with Nice airport that had stopped 50 arrivals and 47 departures on Wednesday resuming flights at 6.00am despite heavy rain.

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