French storms subside after TGV delay on Paris-Brittany line
French weather-watchers lifted storm warnings for most of the country Saturday after Paris-Brittany trains were delayed for up to four hours overnight due to storm damage. They predicted more turbulence in mountainous areas on Saturday evening.
Predicted heavy storms failed to materialise in the Paris region overnight and Météo France forecasters lifted the orange level warning at 4.00am.
But there were violent storms in other parts of the northern half of the country and disruption to rail traffic in Brittany in the far west.
About high-speed TGV 3,000 passengers arrived between 45 minutes and four hours late at Paris’s Montparnasse station between 11.15pm Friday and 00.30am Saturday due to two weather-related incidents.
A downpour flooded a station at Vitré, between the regional capital, Rennes, and Paris. Elsewhere a tree fell on the line.
Eight departments, including the Auvergne mountains and the Loire, remained on alert Saturday, compared to 43 on Friday.
Météo France predicts storms in Champagne-Ardennes, Burgundy, Auvergne, the northern Alps, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees on Saturday evening.