Storm Bella: Norman authorities call to “protect buildings” and “stay at home”

The sub-prefect of Cherbourg calls Saturday, December 26 on franceinfo at “take minimum precautions” to protect herself from the storm Bella. Winds “very violent”, with peaks at 130 km / h, are expected tonight in the English Channel. “Buildings must be protected by closing windows and shutters, especially on the seafront”, advises Elisabeth Castelotti. Lhe departments of Finistère and Manche have been placed in orange vigilance to strong winds.

The deputy prefect of Cherbourg also recommends “protect objects which could fall or which could fly away” and limit travel, especially by car “because of the very destabilizing effects of the wind”. It will also be strongly discouraged to take the sea or walk near the coast on Sunday.

Even if you are on a high point and think you are safe, you have to be extremely vigilant and rather stay at home until the storm subsides.

Elisabeth Castelotti, deputy prefect of Cherbourg

to franceinfo

“The services of the State and the various networks will be vigilant”, promises Elisabeth Castelotti. They stand “responsive” in the event of falling trees, power or telephone cuts, or damaged roofs and chimneys.

“It’s a storm that must be taken seriously”, estimates on franceinfo the sub-prefect of Dieppe (Seine-Maritime), Alain Gueydan. The department, bordering the English Channel, should experience strong gusts of wind on Sunday. “We will take all precautions”, promises the sub-prefect who asks all the inhabitants to “respect the curfew”, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. It will be, according to him, “the best measure to protect people.”

Alain Gueydan also calls for vigilance on Sunday morning “before going out”, remembering that “It is from 4 o’clock in the morning that we should have the strongest winds”. The sub-prefect of Dieppe explains that “all services are alerted and ready to intervene” Sunday morning depending on the evolution of the situation, whether on the roads or on the sea “. The “major danger” being according to him, “the risk of obstacles on road or railways”.

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