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Summer storms leave thousands without electricity

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-07-28

Fierce summer storms battered parts of France for a second consecutive night, leaving at least 135,500 homes without electricity Sunday morning and injuring 30 people in the country’s northeastern Haute-Marne region.

At least 135,000 homes were left without electricity across France on Sunday morning after summer storms battered parts of the country for a second consecutive night, French electric utility company ERDF said.

Helpful links & phone numbers

For regular weather updates, visit Météo France's website.

In case of emergency, dial:

Fire department - 18

Police department - 17

Emergency medical assistance - 15

European-wide emergency telephone number - 112

The extreme weather also wreaked havoc in the northeastern Haute-Marne region, where heavy winds blew over a giant pavilion in the town of Joinville, injuring 30 people, six of whom were said to be in serious condition, according to local authorities.

As of midday on Sunday, the country’s main weather service Météo France had put at least 12 regional departments in the southeast on “orange alert,” the second highest warning level, forecasting further lightning storms in the area until 10 a.m. Monday.

Many of those who lost power overnight were in the country’s northern Normandy and Champagne regions, as well as along the Spanish border in the Midi-Pyrénées.

ERDF said that it had deployed 1,000 technicians and providers to help restore electricity to affected areas as soon as possible.

Date created : 2013-07-28

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