The snow falls on France from south to north: 56 departments in orange vigilance

After blocking many motorists on the roads and motorways of the South (the red alert was finally raised in the Hérault), it is now in the northern half of France that fell a thin layer of snow . On the morning of March 1, 2018, 56 departments (out of the 96 in the metropolis) were in orange vigilance .

56 departments in orange vigilance because of the snow and ice storms

Fifty- six departments, South, West, Central and East of the country, were in orange alert on March 1 in the morning mainly for snow-ice. From the center-west to the south of the Hauts-de-France, the Grand Est and the Alps, the snow is announced and will be followed "an episode of freezing rain" provides Météo France. A phenomenon much more dangerous than the snow according to the forecaster François Jobard.

CAR DEBATE. In the Ile-de-France, where we expected between 1 to 3 cm of snow, the Prefect of Police activated the plan snow-ice and "strongly advises travel by car" until Thursday 14h. Truck traffic is prohibited on the N118 in Yvelines. Despite a light snowpack falling in the night, the transport was relatively undisturbed, with the exception of buses in the departments of Val-de-Marne and Hauts-de-Seine.

1000 shipwrecked people on the road emergency in the Hérault

In the Hérault, where the main difficulties were concentrated on February 28, 2018, the snow should be gradually replaced by rain at the end of the night, according to Météo France. The department came out of the red alert and ironed orange alert Thursday, March 1 at 6am. In Montpellier, trams traveled with difficulty and flights were interrupted, as in Biarritz. In Pau, many flights have been canceled. In Switzerland, in Geneva, Cointrin airport closed its tracks because of the snow. Due to the red alert, all establishments receiving the public will be closed on 1 March in the metropolis of Montpellier: crèches, day care centers, recreation centers, swimming pools, media libraries, houses for all, markets and markets, town halls .

ACCOMMODATION. Some 1,000 "shipwrecked from the road" were accommodated in 25 open centers to accommodate them in the Herault, including 500 in Gignac located 30 km northwest of Montpellier, told AFP the prefecture. Some 200 gendarmes were mobilized in the department to help them. Among those shipwrecked are Virginie and her two young children. Blocked for three hours on the A750, they lived a day of "absolute galley" before finding refuge in a gymnasium in Gignac. "We had no information, did not see any police force or gendarmerie and when I called the police, I was referred to the firefighters who told me that they were not competent on this question and it is limit if I did not made me warn for having taken the road "she told AFP.

A spectacular redoux expected [19659003] In the Bouches-du-Rhône, the A54 was closed at 18:00 in both directions between Salon-de-Provence and Saint-Martin-de-Crau. The east wind was blowing in the evening with violent gusts between 100 and 120 km / h on the coast of the Var and eastern Bouches du Rhône, according to Météo France. It should gradually decrease in the morning on March 1st. A thin film of snow covered the Pilat dune, the highest in Europe (110 meters), much to the surprise of tourists.

EXTREMES Météo France also predicts a spectacular warmth on Thursday, March 1, 2018 over a vast quarter southwest, with 17 ° C expected in Tarbes and Biarritz. Also according to the forecast service, the night of Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018 was the coldest of the winter, with minimums lower than -10 ° in Lyon, -12 ° C in Metz. In the north of France, temperatures will also rise but will remain quite low, just 1 to 2 ° C Thursday afternoon in Lille, Strasbourg, Mulhouse, temperatures much lower than the normal season.

Great cold: first temperature falls in the north-east

Up to -10 ° C, felt -18 ° C: a cold came from Siberia to France on Sunday afternoon, with "cold minimum" temperatures in the East, according to Météo-France, and a first likely victim of the cold to lament in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

A homeless man of 35 years was found dead Sunday morning by his two comrades of misfortune in Valencia, where the thermometer went down to -3 degrees in the night. The first findings suggest that he died of cold, told AFP the Drôme prefecture.

In the northeastern quarter of the country, the cold began to increase Sunday. In Strasbourg, the Fritz Kiener emergency shelter was "almost full" all day. "We had up to 60 people at the same time, it was very cold, people wanted to get away," said Abdel Bourema, responsible.

Among them, Jean-Philippe Martin, thirty-year-old on the street for a fortnight, relieved to have secured accommodation for the coming week. "It will keep us warm, we usually try to find places to shelter, for example at the station, but there are so many that it tends to create problems," he said.

"The minimum temperatures are freezing, ranging from -6 to -10 degrees in the Grand-Est and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (…) The maximums remain negative over a large north-east quarter with – 4 to 0 degrees, "said Météo-France in a bulletin published shortly before 17H00.

" On a large northern half, the north-east sector wind, which is increasing to 60 to 70 km / h, clearly accentuates the feeling of cold, "it was said.

This phenomenon known as "Moscow-Paris" will then spread to the rest of the country.

Météo-France predicts between Monday and Wednesday a minimum of -6 ° C to -10 ° C on a large scale. half East (outside the Mediterranean, between 0 ° C and -4 ° C) and -2 ° C and -6 ° C on the West. Tuesday and Wednesday should be the two coldest days.

– "Put everyone safe" –

This episode of cold pushed the authorities to trigger in 37 departments the plan "cold weather", with more than 3,100 temporary places of additional accommodation for homeless.

"Very strong instructions were given to all the prefects to protect everyone, that is to say, we will ask the mayors to be able to open gyms, public facilities so that no one is out tonight, "assured Interior Minister Gérard Collomb Sunday on Europe 1.

Friday, a man of 62 years, who lived in a cabin in the wood in the Yvelines, was found dead. His death is partly due to the cold, according to the gendarmerie.

But the homeless are not the only population to suffer from the cold. Health authorities advise keeping infants and elderly indoors.

– Frostbite and hypothermia –

For others, it is better to limit physical effort and cover well to avoid frostbite, hypothermia, and aggravation of possible cardiovascular risks. Attention also to the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) called each to limit its electricity consumption, especially between 18:00 and 20:00, pointing out on Twitter that the production of electricity during the peaks of cold is "the most carbonaceous".

After a month of historically mild January, and a snowy beginning of February, this episode of cold, which would be banal in the heart of winter, is notable because of its date. France has not experienced such a late cold since late February-early March 2005.

A snowy episode is expected in the night from Sunday to Monday in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region where Météo-France has placed three departments (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes and Var) in alert orange snow-ice. It could disrupt traffic on several highways, said Vinci Autoroutes in a statement.

The snow could move north on Thursday, but the weather forecast does not yet specify the intensity of this episode.

The Three-Star Bus Falls to the Canyons in Peru, 44 Dead




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A storied bus in Peru slips as it passes through a mountainous area and falls into a ravine. At least 44 people were killed in this accident.

As reported by AFP this multi-story bus plunges 80 meters from the slopes of the Pan-American highway – the main highway in Peru – in the region Arequipa on Wednesday (21/2) local time. Peru's Interior Ministry via Twitter said the Arequipa Police Chief, General Walter Ortiz has confirmed there were 44 deaths in the incident.

Ortiz mentioned there were 45 people registered as passengers of this bus. But the Interior Ministry said the figure did not match the number of dead and injured. Nevertheless, it is known that the inter-province buses in Peru often raise and lower passengers in the middle of the streets, thus triggering incompatibility of the initial passenger list.

The accident occurred on Wednesday (21/2) morning, at around 01.30 local time. The bus operated by Rey Latino was known to leave from the town of Chala, Arequipa, about four hours before the accident occurred. Now, the rescue team, which also includes local firefighters and police, continues to evacuate.

"Has been working since dawn, coordinating the transfer and care of the wounded," called the Governor of Arequipa, Yamila Osorio.

"The prosecutors in charge of evacuating the bodies of victims and experts from the traffic accident investigation division of the local police are investigating the cause of the accident," said Chief of the local Traffic Police Colonel Jorge Castillo.

The wounded were reportedly taken to the hospital in the town of Camana, which is 57 kilometers from the crash site near the town of Ocona. Rescue workers used military helicopters to evacuate 11 seriously injured victims from the crash site.

Peru President, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. "All procedures have been done to provide immediate support to the rescue and evacuation of the victims to the nearest health center," he said via Twitter.

(nvc / ita)


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Mexican Coach Heli Falls Down While Looking At The Earthquake Location





Mexico City
 A military helicopter carrying Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarete and Governor Oaxaca Alejandro Murat crashed while reviewing the area that had just been rocked by an earthquake. Two people were killed in the crash, but both officials survived.

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southern Mexico on Friday (16/2). The epicenter was located 37 kilometers northeast of Pinotepa de Don Luis, Oaxaca, or close to the surf resorts on the Pacific coast.

As reported by Reuters and AFP Saturday (17 / 2/2018), Navarete and Murat made a visit to the location of the earthquake affected by military helicopters. But the incident happened on the way to Pinotepa de Don Luis on Friday (16/2) evening local time.

In his statement to the local television, Televisa Navarete said himself and Murat was not seriously injured in the incident.

Navarete said that the military helicopter pilot lost control of the landing. The incident occurred when the helicopter was at an altitude of just 40 meters above the Earth's surface. The helicopter airs from Mexico City to Pinotepa de Don Luis.

"Unfortunately, two people on the mainland lost their lives in this incident," Navarete said in a statement. Navarete also mentioned several other passengers were injured in the incident.

One reporter Televisa who is also in the same helicopter tells us that the helicopter suddenly dropped after it triggered a large dust collection at the landing site. Local television shows showed the military helicopter rolling to the side, surrounded by vehicles. The exact cause of this incident has not been disclosed to the public.

"It is unfortunate that some people on the ground lost their lives and some others were injured, my condolences to your relatives and my hope that the wounded will soon recover," said Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto via Twitter.

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Meanwhile, the 7.2 magnitude quake that rocked Mexico reportedly did not trigger casualties. But dozens of buildings, especially in Oaxaca, were damaged. Electricity for about 1 million local residents was cut off by this powerful earthquake.

(nvc / rna)


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Failure to Survive, US Spy Satellite Falls into the Indian Ocean





New York
 The US spy satellite carried by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket failed to survive in its orbit. The satellite is now known to have fallen into the Indian Ocean.

It was submitted officially by the US Government, as quoted from ABC News, Thursday (11/1/2018). The spy satellite, named Zuma, was launched on Sunday (7/1).

Reported by Reuters, Zuma allegedly completely lost undetected again since Monday (8/1). Intelligence satellite made by Northrop Grumman Corp. is called worth billions of dollars.

The SpaceX party says there is nothing wrong with their artificial rocket. "The rocket has done everything right," SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said.

"The data checked so far indicates no design, operational or other changes," he added.

SpaceX is a US space transportation company formed by billionaire Elon Musk. Scheduled SpaceX will launch Falcon Heavy, a mission that brings people into space by the end of 2018. Mentioned 'failure' Falcon 9 will not affect other SpaceX launches.
 
(rna / abw)