Savage storm to hit France, other parts of Europe

18th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 18, 2007 (AFP) - Violent winds gusting up to 140 kilometres (87 miles) per hour and rain are to lash northern France Thursday, creating perilous conditions for motorists and pedestrians, the national weather service said.

PARIS, Jan 18, 2007 (AFP) - Violent winds gusting up to 140 kilometres (87 miles) per hour and rain are to lash northern France Thursday, creating perilous conditions for motorists and pedestrians, the national weather service said.

The entire top third of the country including Paris was under orange alert because of the storm, which has also sparked warnings in Germany and parts of central Europe.

Meteorologists at Meteo-France said France was to feel the brunt of the storms in the afternoon and late into the evening.

They urged drivers to reduce their speed on the roads, and for pedestrians to beware of objects that might be flung around by the gusts. A man was killed during the last strong storm, on December 8, when he was hit by a heavy sign ripped from a Paris shopfront.

France and much of the rest of Europe have been experiencing unseasonally warm weather in recent weeks, fuelling public speculation that global warming was the cause.

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Subject: French News

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