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Ciaran: winds at 200km/h, raging seas, broken crane... Images of a stormy first night

2023-11-02T08:21:53.578Z

Highlights: Ciaran: winds at 200km/h, raging seas, broken crane... Images of a stormy first night. In Finistère, Morbihan and Calvados, the night was eventful. Residents woke up this morning to fallen trees across the tracks and several damages were reported. Wind gusts at record speeds were recorded in the west of Brittany, the Cotentin and the Côtes d'Armor. Thirty departments have been placed on orange wind or submersion wave alert on the Atlantic coast.


IN PICTURES - The famous "weather bomb" began to hit France from the northwest Wednesday night. In Finistère, Morbihan and Calvados, the night was eventful.


After passing over Great Britain, Storm Ciaran began to hit France on Wednesday night. The west of Brittany, then the Cotentin suffered record gusts of wind. Residents woke up this morning to fallen trees across the tracks and several damages were reported. Let's take a look back at an eventful night.

Wind gusts at record speeds

Finistère switched to a red wind alert at midnight. In this department, records not reached for several decades were broken overnight. According to the meteorological institute, a gust of 193 km/h was recorded in Plougonvelin. In Lanvéoc, a gust of 171 km/h was reported, while the absolute record for this municipality, which dates back to 1987, was 162 km/h. In Morbihan, gusts of nearly 140 km/h were recorded on the island of Groix, the prefecture said.

At 2 a.m., the Côtes d'Armor also switched to red alert, as well as the English Channel an hour later. Thirty departments have been placed on orange wind or submersion wave alert on the Atlantic coast, from the Atlantic Pyrenees to Morbihan, Pays de la Loire, Normandy, Île-de-France (except 77 and 91) and Hauts-de-France.

Lots of damage

Damage was reported in the aftermath of the storm. In Morbihan, Finistère and Calvados, trees have fallen on the tracks. A crane also broke in Brest.

In Vannes, a restaurant roof fell during the night, causing no injuries. Also in Calvados, in addition to several fallen trees, a roof was torn off.

One dead in Aisne, woundedin Finistère

A truck driver died overnight in the Aisne department, Transport Minister Clément Beaune announced on Franceinfo. "A tree would have fallen on the truck," said the minister, who recalled the "very strong dangers" linked to the storm. According to Bison futé, the accident took place on a national road near the village of Ressons-le-Long.

According to an initial assessment released by the Finistère prefecture on Thursday morning, the storm caused two minor injuries during the night, including a volunteer firefighter. One was injured when a tree fell on the track. The weather conditions led to the precautionary evacuation of 43 families from the area. Placed on red alert last night, the department went back to orange at 6 a.m.

Waves of up to 21 meters

A 21.1-metre-high wave was measured early Thursday morning at the Pierres Noires buoy, off the coast of Finistère, La Chaîne Météo* reported. This buoy is located precisely to the south of Molène Island. The height of this wave corresponds to the height of a 6-storey building.

Two departments, the Côtes-d'Armor and the Manche, remain in red wind vigilance Thursday morning, while Finistère has returned to orange, according to Météo-France. Storm Ciaran will start to slide westwards from the Pays de la Loire and sink deeper into Normandy.

*The Weather Channel is the property of the Figaro Group.

Source: lefigaro

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