Gérard Depression: five departments on alert due to high winds
This Sunday, January 15, Météo-France has put 22 French departments on orange alert for strong winds and two departments of the Massif Central on orange snow-ice alert.
The night will be restless. Météo-France this Sunday put 22 departments of the North-West in orange vigilance for strong winds and two departments of the Massif Central in orange vigilance snow-ice.
As of 4pm on Sunday, five of those departments – the four Breton departments and Loire-Atlantique – were already on alert, the weather forecast organization said.
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The latter, in his last point, also confirmed the orange snow vigil for Cantal and Lozère from midnight, with snowfall expected from 600/800 m.
A call for caution
According to Météo France, the sink “will circulate along the Channel coast overnight from Sunday to Monday and Monday morning”. “The location and intensity of the strongest gusts still need to be refined,” the organization adds.
The area in question covers a large north-western part of the country: Brittany, Normandy, Pays-de-la-Loire and the departments of Eure-et-Loir, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, Nièvre, Deux-Sèvres, Vienne , Charente Maritime and Charente.
Gusts of up to 110-120 km/h are expected on the Atlantic and Channel coasts, with possible peaks of up to 140 km/h on the Cotentin and 80-100 km/h inland, locally 110 km/h from Pays-de -la-Loire and Poitou-Charentes to the Center region. The prefects of several affected departments called for caution.