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Storm Louis crosses France, 27 departments on orange vigilance

Météo-France has placed twenty-seven departments on orange alert for Thursday February 22 due to Storm Louis, most of them due to violent winds. The departments of Ile-de-France, Normandy, Hauts-de-France, Eure-et-Loir, Grand Est, as well as Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie are affected by this alert, according to the organization bulletin published at 4 p.m.

Orange vigilance will also concern Deux-Sèvres. This turbulent weather, mixing wind and rain, will be accompanied by a return of snow to the mountains.

The depression will deepen in the afternoon in the Channel then in the North Sea, explains Météo-France. “In its wake, heavy rains accompanied by violent gusts will occur over a large northern half of the country, more particularly in the departments placed on orange alert. These violent gusts will also occur at the foot of the Pyrenees”writes the organization, with peaks reaching 100 km/h in the South-West.

The wind will blow strongly, particularly in the orange departments, and get stronger in the afternoon “reach 90 to 110 km/h inland, sometimes 120 km/h”according to Météo-France, which specifies that “these winds can take on a swirling appearance”. On the coasts, gusts could reach 120 to 130 km/h.

At the back, it will be unstable weather alternating between clearings, sleet and even sleet, with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h on the Atlantic coast and the English Channel, and 80 to 90 km/h inland. In the evening, the tramontane will be able to reach 90 to 100 km/h at peak while the wind will die down a little on the Atlantic coast and the English Channel.

Temperatures will also drop with, in the evening and the following night, a rain-snow limit which drops to 800-1,000 meters and heavy snowfall in the Alps.

Disrupted traffic and suspension of trains

The storm forced the SNCF to suspend the circulation of certain trains. These traffic suspensions, intended to “guarantee the safety of all”concern the TER lines in Hauts-de-France (Béthune – Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise; Arras – Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise; Beauvais-Abancourt-Le Tréport; Amiens-Compiègne; Creil-Beauvais and Paris-Laon) .

“The resumption of traffic on these lines will be effective Friday during the morning”she clarified. “Disruptions” are also expected on Thursday in Brittany on the Quimper-Brest and Saint Brieuc-Lannion lines due to the risks of “strong vents”.

Traffic has also been suspended in Normandy since 1 p.m. on several lines circulating in the region and to neighboring regions. Trains serving Paris Saint-Lazare “Caen, Rouen and Lisieux will be the terminus”those for Montparnasse station “will be Argentan terminus”. Disruptions are also expected on the Paris-Vernon-Rouen and Paris-Trouville/Deauville routes, according to the TER Normandy website.

The World with AFP