Thousands without power, planes delayed as storm Bella lashes France – world news

Thousands of people were left without electricity, and the storm Bella caused heavy rains and strong winds in many parts of northern France, causing flight delays or rerouting on Sundays.

About 12,000 homes in Brittany and Normandy in northern France suffered power outages, and up to 6,000 homes in the Calais region.

More than a third of flights departing from Charles de Gaulle’s main French airport in northern Paris suffered an average of 50-minute delays due to storms, the airport operator said.

Three flights destined for the airport were rerouted to Paris Orly Airport in the south of Paris, Aeroflot flights landed in Amsterdam, and flights departing from Luxembourg returned.

The top-flight rugby clash between Pau and Stade Francais scheduled for the afternoon was delayed by three hours as a storm prevented the Paris-based team from taking off.

Wind and rain were expected to ease in some areas by late afternoon, but heavy rain is expected in the southern highlands heading for Monday.

A similar problem was found in southern England, and winds of 170 km/h were recorded on the Isle of Wight overnight from Saturday to Sunday.

Meanwhile, about 20,000 households in Wales cut off electricity, and trees fell on the railroad causing delays.