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Storm Ciaran  : only 14 departments left on orange alert, waves and violent winds in the north

Orange alerts for strong winds and wave-submersions only concern 14 departments, but storm Ciaran is still blowing in the northwest of the country, particularly in Normandy and Haust-de-France. Despite As vigilance is lifted, the authorities are calling for action to be taken. prudence.

The essential

  • Storm Ciaran continues to cross France this Thursday, November 2. No red vigilance is anymore active in the territory, but 14 departments remain on orange vigilance for violent winds or waves-submersions.
  • Six departments of Normandy and Hauts-de-France are still on orange alert for strong winds, these are the two regions that the storm must cross during the day before the depression subsides. #39;evacuated by the North Sea at the end of the day.
  • Six departments of the Atlantic coast are on orange alert for wave-submersions. Storm Ciaran stirred up the sea and the risk of seeing strong waves forming is increased by the phenomenon of rising tide expected this afternoon on the coasts of Normandy. 21 meters was observed off the coast of Finistère.
  • Storm Ciaran left one person dead, a truck driver who was the victim of a falling tree in Aisne. 16 people, including 7 firefighters, were killed. There were many injured in the bad weather, said Gérald Darmanin in the middle of the day. Among the injured, one was injured. touched seriously affected Roubaix, in the North. More than 1,300 people had to go to work. be displaced from their homes.
  •  A lot of material damage was observed in Brittany and Normandy after the passage of storm Ciaran: falling trees, collapsing facades and a flood. ;degraded electrical network. 980,000 homes were without electricity. à noon, most of which in Normandy and Brittany.


A second man died this Thursday in the bad weather of Storm Ciaran according to information from BFM Normandie and France 3 Normandie. The septuagenarian would have fallen from his balcony "due to a gust of wind while he was closing his shutter", indicated the Le Havre public prosecutor's office.

3:50 p.m. – More disruptions plan for trains this Friday

It will still be necessary to plan for "disruptions" on train traffic, particularly TER, in Brittany this Friday announced the Minister of Transport Clément Beaune during a press briefing. The minister believes that other regions will be affected by problems on the roads and rail and takes as an example the case of the South-West region "where" Météo France forecasts significant bad weather and winds tonight and perhaps tomorrow morning.".

3:30 p.m. – The storm Ciaran must leave France around 8 p.m.

The orange alerts still in force in the north of France for strong winds should end around 8 p.m. according to the latest bulletin from Météo France. It is also at the beginning of the evening that the meteorological phenomenon “should definitively leave our territory via the North and Pas de Calais”, these conditions are expected to leave our territory. Departments should be the last to go. exit the orange alert. Note that vigilance for wave-submersions still active in the north of the country should remain so until the end of the year. midnight.

3:11 p.m. – Peak of Storm Ciaran expected early this afternoon in the North

Hauts-de-France expected We expect to see the peak of Storm Ciaran early this Thursday afternoon, but it will eventually arrive later in the day. "The storm passed more quickly. west before returning to the coast" explained François-Xavier Bieuville, sub-prefect of Dunkirk in Paris the Voix du Nord. The man calls for help. vigilance and indicates that the "top of the storm is expected in the middle of the afternoon and [that] the phenomenon should last until the beginning of the evening". /p>

14:50 – Transport disrupted across the country Lilles

Lille-Lesquin airport in the North diverted several planes heading to Brussels and Charleroi in the morning and it announced the interruption of its traffic this afternoon until 5 p.m. due to the passage of storm Ciaran. But air traffic is not the only one to be affected. be disturbed à Lille, on the Lille side of urban transport the tramway was forced à stopping at caused by a tree falling on the tracks. The resumption of traffic is estimated at 10 p.m. at the earliest according to the company. of Lille transport Ilévia.

14:24 – Heavy goods vehicles are circulating again in the Côtes d’Armor and the Manche

Heavy goods vehicles which were prohibited from driving in the Côtes d'Armor and in the English Channel Storm Ciaran may cause damage been on the roads again, since the beginning of the afternoon. In the Manche, certain roads in the west of the department are still obstructed, but on the secure roads traffic is permitted although the speed limit has been lowered. 20 km/h below the speed limit. In the Côtes d'Armor, traffic has resumed at full speed. mid-day but it is not encouraged. Motorists are "strongly encouraged to postpone their trips, for their safety, and in order to facilitate network restoration operations.

Météo France now only places 14 departments on orange alert in its latest 14-hour report. Six of them are affected by violent winds: the North, Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Oise, Seine-Maritime and Manche. Ten others are affected by the orange wave-submersion alert including Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Seine-Maritime and Calvados in the northwest as well as Landes and Pyrénées-Atlantiques in the South West. The North, Manche, Vendée and Gironde are on yellow alert against the risk of submersion.

14:01 – Safety rules of Enedis in the event of a cut and accident on the electricity network

Storm Ciaran brought down many power poles and caused severe damage. other damage to the network. The current still circulating in the lines at the same time high voltage, the slightest contact with them can be very dangerous. Enedis therefore recalls the safety measures à respect, start with those of not touching electrical wires that have fallen to the ground and also not touching objects in contact with the electrical line.

The electricity manager also recalls the need for to report "any incident or anomaly" at 09 726 750 followed by the number of the department concerned. Finally, for those who use an individual generator while the fault is corrected, Enedis emphasizes that the device must be placed in a suitable location. outside the home and turn off the circuit breaker.

As for the electrical wires and poles that have fallen on the roads, Security civil service reminds users: "Do not attempt to clear the path yourself and contact the authorities." A recommendation also valid for trees and branches that cut roads.

1:51 p.m. – Tens of incidents" on the SNCF network

The SNCF which announced The interruption of traffic on all RER lines in the Brittany, Normandy, Hauts-de-France, Center Val de Loire and Pays de la Loire regions was a hit. It indicates having recorded "several dozen incidents" on its network in a “non-definitive” assessment, most of them are in the five regions affected by the traffic stop, but others took place in Ile-de-France -France, in Aquitaine, in Poitou Charente or even towards Champagne-Ardennes and Lorraine. Incidents "are essentially linked to “falling trees and branches which flew away and fell on the tracks or on the overhead lines” specifies the SNCF which ensures that 4,000 agents and 150 trains are mobilized to identify the damage and carry out repairs. The removal of TER remains valid for the rest of the day. The Minister of Transport said he hoped for a return to normal. normal and a resumption of traffic tomorrow morning.

1:43 p.m. – From Le Havre to Touquet, the winds and seas unleashed

The wind still blows until 130 km/h with sometimes higher peaks in Normandy and Hauts-de-France. In Le Havre as in Le Touquet, the sea is raging under the effect of storm Ciaran. The swell is getting bigger and bigger.

1:35 p.m. – Power outages in 980,000 homes

The electric current has been switched on. re-established in certain Breton homes, but at a later date. At midday, 980,000 homes were still without electricity, including 575,000 in Brittany and 315,000 in Normandy according to Enedis.

1:17 p.m. – Several foam storms on the coast

Roughing the sea beneath its path, storm Ciaran pushed the scum beyond from the shore. This white foam is present in large quantities. and exposed to the wind disperses in the air reminiscent of falling snowflakes. Such phenomena have been observed. seen in Les Sables-d'Olonne in Vendée or at Kerroch-Ploemeur in Morbihan.

1:00 p.m. – The risk still present despite the situation the lifting of red vigilance

Several departments remain on orange alert, which proves that the danger is still present, but the risk still exists in the departments downgraded to yellow alert. Elected officials therefore continue to call on residents to take action. prudence and stay home. If the worst of the storm seems to have passed, in places, the situation is still at risk. risk due to damage such as fallen antennas and electrical poles, torn off pieces of roofs likely to fly or even weakened trees which threaten to fall in the next gust of wind. "The risk was not only at the peak of the storm. Now, because the soils are soggy (…), the trees are in areas completely loaded with water and the risk is to have trees falling, notably explained Mayor Horizon of Ploemeur, in Morbihan, on BFMTV.

A call to caution also formulated by the deputy mayor of Brest, in Finistère, Émilie Kuchel: "The city is quite dangerous, because there are a lot of roofs and crumpled sheet metal, large trees on the roads. We call people to Above all, do not take their vehicle and drive away. stay at home again. The emergency services agree with the opinion of elected officials and invite residents to take action. do not leave their home.

12:39 – 3,500 firefighters intervened for the damage caused by Storm Ciaran

In his situation update, G&eac;rald Darmanin indicated: that 3,500 firefighter interventions have taken place since the start of storm Ciaran on damage caused by bad weather. "Rescue continues […] be brought to vulnerable, isolated people, in front of the sea. […] More than 1000 police officers and gendarmes [are] mobilized [with] five helicopters safety civil" added Gérald Darmanin.

The Minister of the Interior communicated a new report from storm Ciaran: 16 people were killed. injured in the bad weather and among them are 7 firefighters. One victim was killed. seriously affected in the North, on a university campus in Roubaix.

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Forecasts and risks of submersion

Gusts up to 150 km/h and 10 meter waves

A large northwest quarter will be swept away. by storm Ciaran and its violent winds. The gusts should be more powerful on the Breton and Normandy coasts with gusts between 120 and 150 km/h. The French Observatory for Tornadoes and Violent Thunderstorms suggests peaks up to 100%. 160 km/h locally. And if it should gradually lose power at higher speeds forced to sink inland, the wind is expected to remain violent: gusts between 110 and 120 km/h over Normandy and the Pays de la Loire and between 90 and 110 km/h approaching Ile-de-France are announced. The storm could even blow as far as the limits of Hauts-de-France and New Aquitaine.

The wind from Storm Ciaran is expected to be accompanied by a "submersion wave phenomenon" with "very strong waves expected" along the entire Atlantic coast. Météo France announces waves between 8 and 10 meters all around the ocean. The Kéraunos observatory fears waves measuring up to 13 meters. It will be necessary to be vigilant to the risk of submersion and flooding which will be reinforced by the fairly low atmospheric pressure which will raise the water level. Precipitation "sometimes sustained" are also mentioned in this article. by forecasters.

The risks of wave-submersion are particularly feared in the departments of the Atlantic coast which are already in danger. affected by storm Céline during the last weekend of October. Flooding is already happening. occurred in certain coastal towns such as Cap-Ferret, Noirmoutier, at Quimper or even in Pornic and the tides were more important.

< h2>Which regions will be affected?

Brittany will be affected and could be the region most exposed to the virus. Storm Ciaran. Three of its departments are already in operation. on orange alert for the night of November 1st to 2nd, because it is through the Breton tip that the depression will arrive in France before sinking into the lands of the northwest quarter. The Breton coastline and the Normandy coasts are within easy reach. monitor.

The lands of Normandy and Pays-de-la-Loire could also be affected, as well as the regions of Hauts-de-France and Ile-de-France. and Center-Val de Loire although in these areas the risk seems less significant for the moment according to Météo-France.

To a lesser extent, some departments in the south-west, notably Gironde and Landes, could be swept by the tail of the storm during the night of November 2 to 3 with winds at 50°C. 100 km/h and waves between 6 and 7 meters, or even up to 100 km/h. 10 meters exceptionally in the Bay of Biscay. Note that the final trajectory of the storm has not yet been finalized and that the forecasts could be adjusted.

A storm reinforced by the jet stream

Storm Ciaran must gain strength during its crossing of the Atlantic. This depression coming from the American continent swells under the effect of the very powerful winds of the “jet-stream current”. The current is a sort of corridor several thousand kilometers long in which depressions circulate freely. It marks, as it were, the separation between the cold air coming from the north pole and the warm air coming from the tropics, a contrast which only reinforces the depressions.< /p>

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116