Illustration of a storm in Britain. Strong waves crash over a wall at the port of Lesconil in the Finistère department. — FRED TANNEAU / AFP PHOTO
This may blow hard this weekend off the coast of Brittany. On Monday, a tropical storm formed in the Atlantic. Christened Ophelia, the hurricane, rated category 1 on a scale of 5, is currently at the south of the Azores and is heading to Europe.
According to forecasters, two scenarios emerge : either the hurricane could hit Portugal while weakening, the depression would go back up to the bay of Biscay, off Brittany and the british isles. It is this second scenario that seems for the moment to be cherished. If the hurricane is confirmed, the coast of brittany could then save gusts of 130 to 140 km/h on Sunday or Monday with a big swell of 8 meters is expected in the wide.
— Info-French (@InfosFrancaises) October 11, 2017
Britain battered by a storm 30 years ago
This climatic episode comes 30 years to the day after the passage of the violent storm that had hit Britain. In the night from 15 to 16 October 1987, the west of France had been swept away by the winds, with gusts to 180 km/h in some places, and even at 220 km/h at the pointe du Raz. The balance sheet was very heavy with 15 deaths, and damage estimated at 23 billion French francs.