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France, Spain, Portugal: high winds, coastal flooding Feb 3-6

Damaging winds to whip across France, Spain from Friday into Sunday

A series of storms from the Atlantic will unleash multiple rounds of powerful winds from France into Spain.

Locations across northern Spain and western and central France will be at the greatest risk for travel disruption as powerful winds blast the region each day through Sunday.

Strong winds will reach areas as far east as Paris on Saturday and Sunday. Wind gusts over 65 km/h (40 mph) are expected which could result in some travel delays.

Strong winds will also lash Madrid from Friday into Sunday. Gusts over 65 km/h (40 mph) are possible each day with isolated gusts reaching 80 km/h (50 mph) in the higher terrain to the north of the city.

In coastal locations in western France and northern Spain, wind gusts could reach 130 km/h (81 mph) during the height of the storm. Winds of this magnitude can result in widespread power outages and damage to trees and homes.

Along with the threat for damaging winds, wind-driven rain will pound northern Spain and western France each day.

The greatest threat for flooding will be across northern Portugal and northwestern Spain where rainfall totals of 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) will be common with local amounts exceeding 200 mm (8 inches).

Locations in western France can expect 25-75 mm (1-3 inches) of rain through Sunday prompting localized flooding.

“These storms will also bring a high risk for coastal flooding, especially during high tide,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.

“Dangerous seas will also persist across the Bay of Biscay through Sunday with waves over 9 meters (30 feet) at times,” Roys added.

Additional unsettled weather is expected across France and Spain next week. However, the threat for damaging winds and flooding will lessen