London: (HRNW) Hundreds of flights and train services were cancelled across northwest Europe on Monday as Storm Ciara swept in packing powerful winds after lashing Britain and Ireland, where tens of thousands of homes were left without power.
Swathes of northern France were put on orange alert and 130,000 homes had electricity cut off amid fears of coastal storm surges.
Ciara was heading south through France on Monday with the electricity network company Enedis reporting outages from Brittany in the west to the centre and east.
Meteo-France noted wind speeds of 130 kilometres per hour along the coast and predicted highs of 200 kph.
Trees and electricity poles were blown over and roofs ripped off homes across 31 departments, fire and rescue services said.