Extremely severe windstorm across parts of W Europe today – gusts up to 193 km/h! (March 6, 2017)

An extremely severe windstorm affected parts of the British Isles, parts of France today and is currently ongoing across the northern Mediterranean region. The windstorm developed as a cyclone rapidly deepened, while moving from the British Isles towards France.

An intense sting jet developed within the cyclone, hitting Brittany with hurricane force winds, gusting up to nearly 200 km/h!

Top gusts in the area were:

  • 193 km/h – Camaret
  • 191 km/h – Ouessant
  • 180 km/h – l’Ile de Groix
  • 170 km/h – Pointe du Raz

Radar image across NW France revealing a textbook signature of cyclonic rain bands, rapidly moving towards southeast:

Radar image of NW France. Source: infoclimat.fr

Map of peak wind gusts across NW France. Source: meteociel.fr

The system moved across France during the day and intensified as it entered the northern Mediterranean. Top gusts on the coast of the Mediterranean in extreme NE Spain, S-SE France and Corsica reached 130+ km/h at numerous locations.

The system also produced an intense cluster of thunderstorms across Tuscany in the evening: