Storm Amelie engulfs SW France: Giant waves and 140,000 people in the dark (videos, pictures)

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It seems that dangerous and powerful storms are the new normal this fall.

Yesterday, Storm Amelie caused strong winds blasted southwest France, triggering giant ocean waves, uprooting trees and leaving some 140,000 people in the dark. Same in Italy and Spain

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Tempete Amelie storm engulfs France, Italy and Spain on November 3, 2019. Picture via Twitter

Fourteen of the country’s 101 departments were placed on high alert as dangerous winds exceeding 160 kilometres per hour swept some places along the Atlantic Coast.

Emergency services attended to hundreds of callouts as gusts dropped trees on roads and railway tracks, and tore loose live electrical cables.

By midday, rescue services and prefectures had reported only three minor injuries – including one hospitalisation in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, mainly due to falling branches.

Weather service Météo-France said winds as strong as 163 km/h were recorded in the coastal departments of Gironde and Landes, and 121 km/h in Bordeaux.

Electricity supplier Enedis said it was working round the clock to restore electricity to some 140,000 customers left without power by the storm.

In the Landes department, 47 people had to be evacuated from a camp site, and a casino roof collapsed.

Several trains in the area were cancelled or delayed, according to the SNCF railway operator.

The southeast of France was not spared, with heavy rainfall forcing the evacuation of a gypsy camp. More than two dozen motorists had to be rescued as their cars got stuck in the deluge.

Several shops and homes in the southeast had their basements flooded.

Storms around the world are becoming always more destructive and unprecedented. Be prepared! [France24]

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