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140,000 homes without power in France after Storm Amelie, snow to hit EU this week

Christian Fernsby |
More than 140,000 homes have also been left without power in southern France due to a massive storm.

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Topics: FRANCE    STORM    AMELIE    SNOW   

Dubbed Amelie, the storm made landfall on the country's Atlantic coast overnight forcing 17 departments in France to declare an orange level weather warning due to strong winds and flood risks.

BFM tv channel noted that wind speeds reached 95 miles per hour in the coastal city of Arcachon, with collapsed trees and floods cutting off many secondary roads.

Local authorities in most departments have recommended staying indoors and avoiding traveling when possible.

The UK could be submerged in the snow as soon as next week, according to the latest forecast. This comes as a winter chill strikes Europe, with countries experiencing a shock 15C drop in the usual temperatures experienced for this time of year. The Siberian winds could even unleash blizzard conditions when it hits the UK, according to WXCharts November forecast.

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