Storm Diego is coming.
Orange vigilance for strong winds was extended Friday morning to two additional departments, Puy-de-Dôme (63) and Haute-Loire (43) which are added to Deux-Sèvres (79), Vienne (86) and Charente-Maritime (17), announced in its last Météo-France bulletin, which had also already placed Savoie (73) on orange alert for the high risk of avalanche in the mountains.
Storm Diego is coming to the near Atlantic this Friday morning, the meteorological service said at 6:00 a.m.
It will cross the country today from west to east.
The strongest winds will blow from the Charente archipelago to the Massif Central between midday and night from Friday to Saturday.
On the departments placed in orange vigilance, the gusts will be between 90 and 110 km / h inland with peaks at 120 km / h on the coast.
Rather rare in April
Such a situation is rather rare in April.
A large part of the country will also experience “agitated” weather: many departments are placed on “yellow” vigilance due to strong winds and heavy rains.
Some snowfall is even possible between Normandy and the German borders.
In Corsica, violent gusts will be feared until early morning on the relief and the north of the island.
The wind will then lose some vigor.
Consequently, this wind is likely to significantly disrupt human activities, significant damage is to be expected.
Traffic conditions can be difficult locally and some disruptions can affect air and rail (and sea) transport.
Some damage may affect the electricity and telephone distribution networks.
Gusty winds and heavy rain expected Thursday and Friday with the passage of Storm Diego
This night from Sunday to Monday was the coldest since 1947 for the month of April, according to Météo France