Two dead following second storm in northern France

Storm Franklin has caused extensive damage in northern France, leading to the deaths of two septuagenarians.

Waves crash on a beach in northern France.
Waves crash on a beach in northern France. Two septuagenarians were drowned on Sunday. (Photo by Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP)

A couple in their 70s were drowned in their car in the northern French département of Manche on Sunday evening.  At about 10pm, their vehicle was swept off a causeway near Bricqueville-sur-Mer with the couple unable to escape. 

When Storm Franklin struck on Sunday, about 12,000 people in the Hauts-de-France region had still not been reconnected to the electricity supply following devastation by Friday’s Storm Eunice. 

Sunday saw winds of up to 135 km/h in parts of northern France with emergency services called out to address the damage. 

Some regional rail services in the north (Hauts-de-France and Normandy) will be delayed, others cancelled altogether, at least until Monday afternoon. This is largely due to trees and other debris that have fallen on the tracks.

Efforts to clear the railways are underway and travellers are urged to check the TER website before planning a journey. 

A number of schools in the north of France will remain closed on Monday after suffering structural damage following storm Eunice. 

While the windiest weather appears to have passed, most of the country is still on a yellow alert, meaning that the public is warned to be vigilant. 

Much of France remains on a yellow weather warning alert, with strong winds and floods a possibility.

Much of France remains on a yellow weather warning alert, with strong winds and floods a possibility. Source: Météo France

Météo France, the country’s national weather service, said that conditions are likely to improve further in the northern half of the country by Monday afternoon and a little later in the south. 

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Emergency aid for northern France after storms Eunice and Franklin

France is to unlock a special emergency relief fund to help victims of storms Eunice and Franklin, which battered northern areas of the country in recent days.

Emergency aid for northern France after storms Eunice and Franklin

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced: “At the request of the President and in order to express national solidarity with the victims of storms Eunice and Franklin, we are committing funds from the fonds de secours d’extrême urgence to the areas affected, on a one-off basis.”

This fund is “intended for individuals and families placed in a situation of great difficulty”, the release specified, and “will allow people in need following the passage of storms to obtain basic necessities, in addition to the assistance provided by local authorities”.

The départements of Nord, Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Seine-Maritime and Manche were in the path of both devastating storms, which passed within 48 hours of each other.

Storm Eunice seriously injured at least six people, crippled transport and caused damage to numerous buildings, including schools, while a couple in their seventies were washed away by waves when Storm Franklin lashed the north of the country.

A state of catastrophe naturelle has already been declared, as is required in order to unlock the emergency relief fund, and further aid may be mobilised “depending on the nature of the damage observed and the phenomena that caused them”, Darminin added.

The formal designation of catastrophe naturelle also means that people affected can benefit from an accelerated process when making insurance claims.

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