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US News Storm Alex: Violent gusts and power cuts in the West

11:25  02 october  2020
11:25  02 october  2020 Source:   parismatch.com

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Met Office weather maps for the weekend show that Western Scotland, Cumbria and parts of the West Country will be the only regions to escape torrential downpours. Fire crews had to help families bail out in the Bridport floods last night. Many people had carpets and sofas ruined as the water rushed in.

It has been named Storm Alex by French weather forecasters Meteo-France as it originated on the Continent. The storm would have been called Aiden if it was named by UK and Irish forecasters. In the wake of the storm , a second system is due to bring more heavy rain over the weekend.


Video: Storm Alex: the winds reached 186 km / h in Morbihan (Le Figaro)


80,000 people were without electricity in Morbihan after the passage of storm Alex, which continues to blow in the West.

  Tempête Alex : Violentes rafales et coupures d'électricité dans l'Ouest © Estelle Ruiz / AFP

A gust recorded at 186 km / h in Belle-Ile-en mer, another at 157 km / h in Groix: 80,000 people were without electricity in Morbihan after the passage of storm Alex , while the strong winds continued to rage in the West, two Breton departments remaining placed in orange vigilance for strong winds and rain flooding.

In the South and East of France, the Alpes-Maritimes have been placed in red vigilance for rain and flooding. Twelve other departments remained on orange alert for thunderstorms or rain and flooding.

Storm Alex. Morbihan placed in red vigilance, Ille-et-Vilaine remains in orange

 Storm Alex. Morbihan placed in red vigilance, Ille-et-Vilaine remains in orange © screenshot Windy The winds at the height of storm Alex should hit Morbihan around 2 a.m. Friday October 2 The department is placed in red vigilance between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. by Météo France on Thursday. Météo France placed the Morbihan department on red vigilance on Thursday 1 October as the storm Alex will pass over the west of the country. The Morbihan department, placed in red, should not be affected in its entirety by gusts greater than 130 km / h , according to the Météo France website.

Storm Alex , named by the French Met Office, will bring 2in (50mm) of rain to the South from 3am tomorrow. Worst conditions across southern England Some areas are expected to receive between 1.6in (40mm) and 2in (50mm) rain within 12 to 18 hours along with gusts of 45mph to 55mph inland

Scotland suffers power cuts , threat of flooding and disruption to road, rail and ferry travel as Storm Ali hits. There are also warnings of flooding between Ayr and Troon and along Strathglass in the Highlands. The agency has also issued more general flood alerts for five areas - Tayside, Ayrshire

In Morbihan, "80,000 people are currently without electricity (...) on the coastal strip and in the east of the department," the prefecture announced in a statement at 5:00 am. "ENEDIS Bretagne teams are mobilized on the ground to restore power as soon as possible", she added. Until then in red vigilance, Morbihan had passed through the night in orange vigilance, then in yellow at 6:00 a.m., Météo France announced.

In the very early hours of Friday, the Morbihan firefighters had already carried out "more than 80 interventions", according to the prefecture, in particular for falling trees or objects, flying roofs, as in a college in Vannes, or electric cables fallen to the ground. In Loire-Atlantique, firefighters have carried out 25 interventions since the start of the storm, especially for trees fallen on the public highway.

VIDEO. Roof blown up, trees lying down… Images of storm Alex in the West

 VIDEO. Roof blown up, trees lying down… Images of storm Alex in the West © Thierry Creux / Ouest-France Part of the roof of Notre-Dame-le-Ménimur college in Vannes (Morbihan) was torn off under violence from the wind of storm Alex. The first autumnal gale blew hard in the Great West, causing extensive damage. The editorial staff of Ouest-France immortalized this passage on video. The Storm Alex swept west overnight from Thursday October 1 to Friday October 2. Wind records were recorded, as in Belle-Île-en-Mer where a gust reached 186 km / h.

Storm Alex to hit the UK this week after France (Image: WX Charts). Storm Alex is set to bring Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “The Atlantic jetstream will really power up and could “The heaviest and most prolonged spells of rain will begin in the North and West , but are likely to become

Damage to buildings, power cuts , road closures and transport cancellations are also possible. A woman's hair is blown in the wind as gusts from Storm Helene hit London this morning in the Euston area. Waves crash into the seafront in Aberystwyth on the Cardigan Bay coast of West Wales this

The wind, accompanied by heavy precipitation, hit hard over the whole region but even more over Morbihan as evidenced by the gust records overnight from Thursday to Friday: 186 km / h at midnight in Belle-Ile-en -Mer, then 162 a little later, 157 at the island of Groix, 135 at Sarzeau, on the mainland. Proof that the entire region is affected by this storm, Météo France also noted a gust of 129 km / h in Cholet (Maine-et-Loire), 122 in Noirmoutier (Vendée) 119 on the island of Yeu (Vendée) and 116 in Rennes.

In its 3:00 am bulletin, Météo France indicated that "the low pressure winding crossed Morbihan and the Côtes d'Armor and is located on the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel". The gusts still expected in the departments in orange "are 100 to 120 km / h inland for a little more on the coasts and exposed capes".

In anticipation of this first autumn storm, the Morbihan prefecture notably announced at the end of the day the "closure of schools, higher education and childcare centers throughout the department" until Saturday, thus that the prohibition of coastal paths between Thursday evening and Saturday morning.

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 Storm Alex: 21 people reported missing by Italy rescued in the Alpes-Maritimes Video: Several people missing after severe bad weather in Italy (Le Figaro) Your browser does not support this video A person is still missing 'call in Italy © Federico SCOPPA / AFP Damage caused by bad weather in Ventimiglia (Italy) WEATHER - One person is still missing in Italy Twenty-one of the 22 people declared missing by Italy after the passage of the storm Alex the north-west of the country were found near the Col de Tende, in France, and were being evacuated by helicopter, announced thi

Gusts of more than 70mph have been recorded as Storm Erik swept through Scotland. The Met Office had warned that high winds and persistent heavy rain would continue into Saturday. In Dumfries and Galloway, winds of 74mph were recorded, with gusts between 40 and 50mph affecting many other

Western Power said about 13,000 customers in Kalgoorlie had their electricity cut off after a shed blew into a substation. Relief arrives as storm passes. Busselton has been one of the worst hit areas in the South West , with widespread power outages, fallen trees and minor structural damage reported.

Trains and maritime links interrupted

Maritime links with Belle-Ile, the largest island in Morbihan, are suspended on Friday, announced the company Océane which provides these crossings, specifying that these disturbances could continue on Saturday morning.

For its part, the SNCF announced that train traffic would be interrupted between Quimper and Rennes until late morning on Friday. Significant disruptions are also expected in the Pays de la Loire and New Aquitaine, said the railway company. Orange vigilance is maintained on Friday morning for Côtes-d'Armor (rain-flooding), as well as for Finistère where there is also the risk of violent wind.

Fears of flooding

Towns established along rivers rising by the tide, such as Morlaix, tried Thursday evening to protect themselves against possible flooding during the high tide of Friday morning. Due to the strong gusts of wind announced, several bridges had been closed to traffic, or subject to traffic restrictions, such as the Saint-Nazaire bridge or the Cheviré bridge in Nantes which belongs to the Nantes ring road. In addition, the city of Nantes announced the closure on Friday and until further notice, of all parks and gardens in the city.

Twelve departments in the south-eastern quarter of France are also placed on orange vigilance "rain-flood" and "thunderstorms", for stormy precipitation, not directly linked to storm Alex.

Accumulations of 200 to 250 mm of rain over 24 hours are expected there, against 40 to 60mm in Brittany, locally 80 mm, due to Alex, according to Météo France. In the Alpes-Maritimes, placed on a red “rain-flood” alert, all schools, from nurseries to universities, will be closed on Friday, the prefect announced in a press release.

Storm Alex in the Alpes-Maritimes: The body of one of the missing firefighters found in the Var .
Storm Alex now has six dead in the Alpes-Maritimes © E. Frisullo / 20 Minutes Illustration of firefighters. MISCELLANEOUS FACTS - The toll of storm Alex now stands at six dead in the Alpes-Maritimes The macabre discovery took place this Thursday morning. The lifeless body of a man was discovered in the bed of the Var river, near Carros ( Alpes-Maritimes ). This is one of the two firefighters reported missing since Friday evening in La Bollène-Vésubie.

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