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Storm cuts power to 55,000 homes in north and north-west France

Published on Feb 7, 2014 6:23 PM
 
Waves crash over the breakwater of Saint Evette harbour at Esquibien in Brittany as an Atlantic storm hits western France, Dec 23, 2013. A storm cut electricity to some 55,000 homes in north and northwest France, power distributor ERDF said on Friday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (REUTERS) - A storm cut electricity to some 55,000 homes in north and northwest France, power distributor ERDF said on Friday.

Around 8 am local time, some 25,000 homes were without power, notably the Pays de la Loire and Normandy regions. In Picardie and in the Ile-de-France region around Paris, thousands of homes were also cut off from the grid.

ERDF, the distribution unit of French state-controlled utility EDF, said that power would be restored by Friday evening, weather permitting.

On Christmas Eve last year, storm damage deprived 240,000 homes of electricity, mostly in coastal Brittany and Normandy.