Over 800 engineers have been working throughout the night in an attempt to restore power to 50,000 households in Aquitaine and the Midi-Pyrénées. Electricity grid company ERDF said wind speeds of up to 115kph were responsible for the outage with flying branches and debris knocking down power lines; telephone communications, especially the mobile networks have also been hit. Staff from neighbouring regions have been drafted in to help.
The storm warning put out by Météo-France yesterday has been extended to Saturday morning. The Tarn and Haute-Garonne are likely to be hardest hit but the warning also covers the Dordogne, Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Aveyron, Lot and Gers areas and residents have been advised to stay inside if possible and to be aware of the potential dangers from falling trees.
All public parks and gardens have been closed in Toulouse to avoid possible injuries and Météo-France have advised that gusts could reach 125kph on higher ground.
In a separate incident, nearly 90,000 Parisian households in the 13th and 14th arrondissements were left without power for around 30 minutes yesterday evening following a problem at a sub-station.
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