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Chamonix blasted by extreme winds
Posted: 29 April 2012 08:49 PM  
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Toit, toit mon toit

Chamonix, along with much of the Northern Alps, has been blasted by extreme winds over the last 24 hours. Gust blasted to 180km/h. From 21h the wind took everything in its way, trees, roofs, roadsigns, the overhead wires of the Montenvers train. Part of the Blaitière forest was felled and in the town the roof of a shop was ripped off, landing next door. From midnight to 3am electricity was cut to the whole valley. Even the fire service didn’t escape, windows in the fire station were blown out by the gusts. Needless to say, the warm southerly winds have done little for the snowpack.

Posted: 29 April 2012 09:32 PM   [ # 1 ]  
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some more here


Posted: 29 April 2012 09:54 PM   [ # 2 ]  
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Pompiers looked very tired this morning when we passed by the station.

Was told that locals have not seen wind like this “since 85’”

Posted: 29 April 2012 11:06 PM   [ # 3 ]  
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Similar here:

Not as strong as before Christmas here but the lifts on glacier can’t run although that only takes a mild breeze.

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