The Ardennes, the Marne and the Meuse on orange alert to strong winds – .

The Ardennes, the Marne and the Meuse on orange alert to strong winds – .

[Update October 21 at 09:30: The three departments are no longer under an orange warning, but remain on yellow alert.]
An orange weather alert for “violent” winds has been set up in the Ardennes, Marne and Meuse.

In the departments in orange vigilance, the inhabitants can expect gusts of 90-100km / h, and even 110km / h in some areas.

It comes as winds sweep the country from the northwest coast to the northeast.

Overnight, Météo France recorded wind speeds of 175km / h in Fécamp (Seine-Maritime), 150km / h at Cap de la Hève (Seine-Maritime) and 143km / h in Granville (Manche).

Until earlier this morning, all of Ile-de-France was also on orange alert, with winds of 107 km / h affecting Roissy-en-France (Val d’Oise).

Extreme weather conditions led to blackouts affecting 250,000 homes. Rail services are still disrupted in Normandy, the Grand Est and Ile-de-France.

The winds are the result of Storm Aurora, which causes strong gusts north of the Seine.

There are also 25 departments around northern and eastern France under a yellow warning for high winds, which could reach 100 km / h in very localized cases.

The wind should have died down at the end of the morning (October 21).

Do I have to do something?

An orange weather alert calls on residents to be “very vigilant” about the situation.

People living in amber alert zones can be affected by power outages and phone line problems.

Traffic can also be slowed down by broken branches and debris blocking the road and property could be damaged by the wind.

Residents are therefore advised to secure all property exposed to the elements and to keep abreast of developments.

Météo France also recommends that people try to stay at home or inside a building if possible.

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