“Bella” ensured that thousands of French and British families were to meet on weekends without electricity. The storm came with heavy thunderstorms and rain in both countries.
Hurricane “Bella badly affected France and parts of Great Britain. Thousands of homes were electrocuted and traffic disrupted.
In France, the storm hit northern parts of the country, mainly in Brittany, Normandy and Hauts-de-France. The weather service Météo France reported strong waves and high waves on the Atlantic coast. The prefecture of the Manche department on the English Channel called on citizens to be particularly careful due to the strong wind.
About 18,000 French households without electricity
According to the news agency AFP report, around 18,000 homes lost power, citing network operator Ndis.
More than a third of all flights at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport were delayed by about 50 minutes. An aircraft from Luxembourg also had to return to its departure airport, and three other flights were diverted to Orly Airport.
Top speed of 170 kilometers per hour
The “Bella” in Great Britain also caused large-scale power losses: in Wales, supply was disrupted in around 20,000 homes. The storm brought heavy rainfall and reached winds of up to 170 kilometers per hour on the Isle of Wight in the south of the United Kingdom. Houses and cars were in the water in parts of Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire in eastern England. In addition, the British Meteorological Service warned of snow and sleeping rain in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In the county of Bedfordshire, authorities called on thousands of residents to leave their homes before the storm arrived, fearing that the river might overflow the Great Ouse and cause flooding.
In southern England, trains were canceled due to flood tracks, and a fallen tree blocked one of London’s main routes.