Storm shuts down Paris airports

Flights to and from French capital cancelled as powerful winds lash country.

    With flights cancelled, there was little activity
    at the Roissy airport [AFP]

    Powerful gale

    Winds gusting at up to 140km per hour were recorded on France's Atlantic coast, with forecasters saying they could reach up to 160km per hour.

    The storm comes just two weeks after another that left 11 dead in the southwest of the country.

    Regional airports in Nantes, Brest and Rennes remained opened, although many flights were cancelled.

    The Atlantic coast was expected to be worst hit.

    Boat crossings between Brittany and nearby islands were suspended. Three rescue vessels were on standby to assist any ship in difficulty in the mouth of the  Channel and sandbags have been positioned on sea-fronts that are likely to flood.

    Emergency services said they received dozens of calls about fallen trees, electricity cuts, and roof damage in coastal areas, but that things were under control.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.