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03 Mar 2020 | 06:03 AM UTC

France: Storm Myriam strikes southwestern departments March 3

Weather officials issue orange wind warnings in southwestern departments due to storm Myriam on March 3; associated disruptions expected

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Event

Strong winds brought by storm Myriam are affecting southwestern France on Tuesday, March 3. As a result, six orange warnings (the second-highest on a four-tier scale) for wind were issued by meteorological authorities in the Landes, Gers, Haute-Garonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, and Ariège departments. Winds of up to 130 kph (81 mph) are expected inland, while winds of up to 160 kph (99 mph) are forecast in mountainous areas. The warning will come into effect from 12:00 until approximately 20:00 (local time) on Tuesday. Inclement weather could potentially persist until Wednesday, March 4, until around 06:00.

Related transportation disruptions, hazardous driving conditions, and power outages are possible over the coming hours and days.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, prepare transportation disruptions (including road closures) and power outages, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.