Air traffic at Paris’s three airports has been cancelled because of a severe windstorm. No flights will take off or land from Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Le Bourget airports until 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday. Forecasters say the storm won’t be as bad as one in January in which 11 people died. Winds reaching at least 90 kilometers per hour are expected.
At the airports, disappointed passengers were resigned rather than angry. “You can’t predict anything. Mother Nature is angry,” said one. Another added “You can’t do anything about the weather or the French Weather service. It’s not the fault of Air France. It’s nobody’s fault. The French weather service has put 61 of the country’s 100 departments on orange alert, one step below the top red-alert status. The entire west and north of the country is in the storm’s path. The French Atlantic coast is expected to be worst hit. Parts of Spain too are facing gale-force winds and rain. Forecasters said Galicia and Asturias were most at risk and placed both regions under an “important risk” alert. The civil protection and emergency services have advised people to be especially careful.