RENNES: Thousands were left without power and on Sunday, planes were delayed or forced to re-route as storm Bella in much of northern France caused torrential rain and strong winds.
In Brittany and Normandy in northern France and up to 6,000 across the Calais region, some 12,000 households endured power cuts. On Sunday evening, the power company Enedis said regular electricity supplies should be restored.
According to the airport operator, over a third of the flights from France’s main Charles de Gaulle airport north of Paris experienced a delay of 50 minutes on average due to the storm.
Three flights to the airport were re-routed to Paris Orly Airport, south of Paris, while an Aeroflot aircraft landed in Amsterdam and turned back from Luxembourg.
Three hours after the storm stopped the Paris-based team from taking off, a top flight rugby clash between Pau and Stade Francais scheduled for the afternoon was postponed.
The winds and rains were due to decline by the late afternoon in some places, but heavy shows were predicted to head through Monday on higher ground in the south of the country.
Similar problems were seen in southern England, where winds were reported on the Isle of Wight overnight from Saturday to Sunday, hitting 170 kilometres (105 miles) an hour.
Meanwhile, in Wales, some 20,000 households had their electricity disconnected, while delays were also seen on railways due to trees falling on the line.
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