Storm Bella has left around 10,000 homes without electricity in the French regions of Normandy and Brittany, according to the power distributor Enedis.
Powerful wind gusts of up to 120 km/h have been registered on the French coast. Numerous photos and videos, shared by people online show the devastating strength of the storm.
Previously, the storm git hit the UK overnight, unleashing heavy rains and winds across Wales and southern England. Mass blackouts were registered in the Plymouth and Truro areas, as well as in Bristol and Bath.
Yellow warnings (for rain) and amber warnings (for intense rains and disruptive winds) have been issued across the whole of the United Kingdom.
According to the Meteorological Office, winds also hit 83 mph (over 133 km per hour), reaching their highest speed in the coastal village of Aberdaron in North Wales over the weekend.
According to Western Power, the storm caused power cuts for 21,000 homes across Wales only. The Isle of Wight saw the most powerful winds, reaching 106 mph (170 kph).
Authorities also declared two “threat to life” flood notices. Many Britons, however, preferred to joke about the “bad weather”, sharing classic memes about the raging storm.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Weather News 2020.