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World Two dead, thousands of homes without power as storms hit France

23:54  14 december  2019
23:54  14 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The authorities were working to restore electricity to tens of thousands of homes . Storms knocked down trees and disrupted the power supply in southwestern France , with floodwaters reportedly rising by 30 centimeters (1 foot) every hour in some areas on Saturday.

thousands - of -buildings- without - power -due-to- storm -in- france ---reports/. southwestern provinces of France caused the death of two retirees and power outages in dozens of thousands of houses, with Overnight, 400,000 homes had sustained power shortages due to floods, with waters rising to

Two pensioners have been killed and tens of thousands of homes left without electricity as gale force winds and flooding hit southwestern France.

a bus driving down a street: Tens of thousands of French homes are still without electricity© GAIZKA IROZ Tens of thousands of French homes are still without electricity

Eleven departments remained on orange alert weather warnings late Saturday.

A 70-year-old man died in the Pyrenees-Atlantique in the Basque Country on Friday when his vehicle struck a fallen tree.

In Espiens in the Lot-et-Garonne region a 76-year-old man was swept away by rising waters when he went out to fetch his mail on Friday.

a man standing next to a body of water in front of a mountain: Train services in Corsica have been suspended© PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA Train services in Corsica have been suspended

Rescuers found his body 24 hours later more than a kilometre from his home.

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Two pensioners have been killed and tens of thousands of homes left without electricity as gale-force winds and flooding hit southwestern France . A company spokesperson added some 2 ,000 technicians had been deployed to restore power to those customers, urging people to call a dedicated

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As many as 40,000 homes were without power on Saturday afternoon and some 15,000 remained so by the evening, electricity utility operator Enedis told AFP.

A company spokesperson added some 2,000 technicians had been deployed to restore power to those customers, urging people to call a dedicated hotline if they saw power lines had come down.

Overnight, some 400,000 homes had suffered power outages as floods inundated parts of the region with waters rising to up to nearly nine feet (2.7 metres) and by 30 centimetres per hour in some areas.

a person standing next to a body of water: Stormy weather near the Grande Plage in Biarritz, southwestern France on Friday© GAIZKA IROZ Stormy weather near the Grande Plage in Biarritz, southwestern France on Friday

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In the nearby Landes department, about 600 people were evacuated on Friday as a preventive measure in areas where the Gaves de Pau and Oloron rivers converge.

"We are getting used to this now," a weary pensioner who gave his name as Christian told AFP.

"We put everything on the upper levels, and we clear out everything from the garage," he said.

But water levels were slowly falling in the area, local rescue force commander Olivier Loustau told AFP, and clean-up operations would probably start Sunday.

The Alps, where weather services had warned of heightened avalanche risk, were earlier downgraded from the orange alert level, as was upper Corsica where winds had been packing speeds of up to 150 km/h.

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