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Paris and northern France braced for storm Eleanor

Waves crash in western France during Storm Carmen. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP

Strong winds and stormy weather are on the way for much of northern France, including the capital, this week.

Storm Eleanor is set to sweep the country in the wake of Storm Carmen, starting from Tuesday night, and national weather agency Météo France has issued an 'orange' weather warning.

The warning, the second most severe, affects 21 departements in total, as shown in the map below.

Image: Météo France

Of those, 20 are on alert for strong winds: Paris, Aisne, Calvados, Eure, Eure-et-Loir, Loiret, Manche, Nord, Oise, Orne, Pas- de-Calais, Seine-Maritime, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Somme, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne and Val d'Oise.

Gusts of up to 120 km/h are expected on the coast, according to Météo France, while wind speeds could reach 110 km/h in inland areas. The winds are expected to last for between 12 and 18 hours before subsiding on Wednesday afternoon.

Under the orange warning, residents are expected to be "very vigilant" when spending time outdoors or travelling.

Meanwhile, Finistère in the far-west of the Brittany region has an orange warning in place for possible flooding.

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