Normandy snowfall described as “historic”

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Roofs collapsing under the weight of snow.

A dozen roofs of stores in the Channel and that of an exhibition hall in Caen collapsed Tuesday under the weight of snow. Ten people working in the hall when they heard popping sounds. Employees were able to get out of the building before the roof collapsed. Several thousand square meters fell to the ground, according to the deputy mayor Philippe Duron. In Calvados, France by Bleu Basse-Normandie, several supermarkets were closed for fear of their roof collapsing under the weight of snow.

Here are all the consequences of snowfall on MYTF1News.

Snowfall on the north and west of France increased on Tuesday. In Normandy, where 16 villages remain without power, meteorologists described the episode as “historic.” In Picardy, near Amiens, morning snow reached 50 cm (20 inches), with drifts a meter deep (more than 3 feet).

Transport is severely disrupted in the northwest of Europe, including suspension for the day of Eurostar and Thalys trains and blocking thousands of motorists.

23 departments, including those of the Ile-de-France, are on orange alert snow and ice. However, the red alert was lifted for the Calvados and Manche. Other departments affected are Picardy, Ardennes, Côtes-d’Armor, Eure-et-Loir, Finistère, Ille-et-Vilaine, the Marne, Mayenne, Sarthe, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle plus Basse-Normandie, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France Nord-Pas-de Calais.

In total, some 12,400 firefighters and police officers and an army regiment and 1,000 agents ERDF were mobilized by the government, announced the Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls.

On Wednesday, beware the ice

In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, “is expected 1-3 cm (of ice) between the north of the Loire, still on the Paris basin and to Lorraine,” said Nicolas Le Friant, meteorologist at MeteoGroup. “The snow should stop Wednesday. But we will have high risks of ice as temperatures will be very very low. It will take between -10 and -15 ° C in Normandy, Calais and Picardy. A Paris, it’ll be -4 ° C. ”

Two people died of cold. A homeless a fifties was found dead on the night of Monday to Tuesday on a street in Saint-Brieuc (Côtes d’Armor). An elderly person also died while trying to find his home.

400 employees of the center for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel at Areva Beaumont-Hague have been stranded since Monday night and had to spend part of the night in the bus.

53,000 homes were still without electricity Tuesday evening in France, 42,600 in Normandy, 6000 in Britain, 3400 in the Nord / Pas-de-Calais and Picardy in 1000, according to ERDF.

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8 thoughts on “Normandy snowfall described as “historic””

  1. All the while, we here, in New Zealand are experiencing a drought that blew past the 50 year mark and is now heading for 100 year record territory.

  2. There is no news of this, nor of the killer blizzard in Hokkaido, Japan. Nor the record snows in Russia or Eastern Europe. My news does have extensive coverage of Britney Spears’ new hair color, however.

  3. Any one guessing how these heavy snows are going to affect the Europrean agricultural season as yet? It would seem that these should be setting the season back quite a bit, with a reduced quantity and potentially quality of agricultural goods available this coming fall. Ought to be a harbinger of what might be coming in the years to come if the forecast for a “mini ice age” holds true.

  4. meanwhile in aus…we have idiots blathering that melbourne had a few nights over if thats severe heat?
    and golly its been humid, seeing as further nth its cyclone season and the winds have been coming down pushing moisture its not an agw issue its simply normal weather considering the total events.
    on a scale of things I would still rather cope with hot n humid for a week or more than snow so deep you cant find the house or go out safely etc.

  5. How refreshing, an article the does not contain the two most despised word ever uttered, “COLD SNAP”.

    Robert, your sunspot bug is stuck on Valentines day.

  6. An article with out the two of the most despised words I’ve ever heard uttered, “COLD SNAP”, how refreshing.

    On a different track, Robert, your sunspot bug is stuck on Valentine day.

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