Winter storm Bella has pulled over France with strong gusts of wind. Numerous households in the northern French coastal regions had no electricity on Sunday.
After the winter storm Bella passed through, around 34,000 households in central and eastern France are without electricity. The regions Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Alsace were particularly affected, as the AFP news agency reported on Sunday evening, citing the network operator Enedis. Massive snowfalls have been announced for the Massif Central and the Alps.
Before that, around 18,000 households in the northern French coastal regions of Brittany, Normandy and Hauts-de-France had run out of electricity. The situation there has normalized, there is electricity again, the agency reported.
The weather service Météo France announced that there were strong gusts and high waves on the Atlantic coast. Wind speeds of up to 145 kilometers per hour were measured on the top of the Paris Eiffel Tower. The prefecture of the department of Manche on the English Channel called on the citizens to be particularly careful because of the strong wind.