Strong winds lash France

17th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 17 (AFP) - Winds of up to 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour lashed France Friday, prompting the closure of parks, tipping over vehicles on a high suspension bridge and battering Paris.

PARIS, Dec 17 (AFP) - Winds of up to 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour lashed France Friday, prompting the closure of parks, tipping over vehicles on a high suspension bridge and battering Paris.

The state weather service, Meteo France, issued an alert for the northern part of the country, saying the dangerous gusts would continue to 8:00 pm (1900 GMT). It advised motorists to limit their time spent on the road and to watch out for falling trees.

In Normandy, a high bridge spanning the Seine river was buffeted by winds that knocked over a truck and a caravan, without causing injuries. Officials closed the structure after the incidents.

In Bordeaux, in the southwest, parks and gardens were ordered shut.

Emergency services in Paris said winds up to 110 kilometres (68 miles) per hour rattled the capital, sparking calls from residents because of falling roof tiles and trees threatening to come down.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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