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Windstorm in France leaves thousands without electricity

High winds from Storm Eleanor shuts Eiffel Tower
WATCH ABOVE: High winds from Storm Eleanor shuts Eiffel Tower

PARIS – France’s national electricity provider says a violent windstorm has left some 200,000 households without electricity across the country, including 30,000 in the Paris region.

The windstorm, Eleanor, battered northern France Wednesday with winds reaching over 140 kilometres per hour. Photos of destroyed cars, collapsed scaffolding and uprooted trees have appeared across social media.

Some 2,000 agents have been deployed to reconnect the energy supplies in the 49 French departments that have been placed on high alert.

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Winds of up to 117 km/h also battered Paris’ biggest airport Charles de Gaulle. Paris’ airport authority said that flights have been disrupted with slight delays stemming from precautions being taken to safely get travellers into aircraft.

WATCH: Massive Storm Eleanor leaves parts of Ireland flooded

Massive Storm Eleanor leaves parts of Ireland flooded
Massive Storm Eleanor leaves parts of Ireland flooded
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