Evening News Update Tuesday 30 October

Businesses and residents of our area have been assessing the damage caused by yesterday’s storms. Damage was widespread in coastal areas of the Var and the Alpes Maritimes. In the Alpes Maritimes, damage to buildings and flooding was reported in Cagnes-sur-Mer, Villeneuve-Loubet and Menton. It’s feared that some of the works in the Jean Cocteau Museum in the centre of Menton may have been damaged by the floodwaters. Work is currently underway to assess the level of damage at the museum.  In Menton’s Garavan bay the storms caused extensive damage to beach side restaurants and caused the sinking of a yacht. It was a similar story at the Larvotto beach and the Port of Fontvieille in Monaco and also at Plage Marquet in Cap d’Ail where beachside businesses were also badly affected. Floods were reported in the Var around Draguignan and along the Argens river. This evening the Nartuby river in the area of Trans-en-Provence has been put on Orange level flood alert. Several of the region’s roads have been closed because of storm damage, including the promenade at Cagnes-sur-Mer, which has this evening re-opened to traffic. The storm also caused extensive damage just over the Italian border in Liguria.  Residents of the old port area of San Remo were reportedly evacuated from their residences because of high waves.  Further along the coast in Genoa winds of 180km per hour were recorded at the height of the storm.

Meanwhile, in Corsica technicians have been working to restore the power supply.  Corsica was subject to a rare Meteo France top level red weather warning yesterday. Reports say that 21,000 homes were without power this morning after gusts of 160 km per hour hit the island.

A petition organized in protest against the rise in petrol prices has gathered more than 500,000 signatures. Motorists across France have called for action scheduled on November 17th with road blocks in the region planned on the A8 motorway. A first go-slow  operation was organized in the Haute-Savoie on Monday morning involving forty trucks.  

The corpse of a dolphin has been found in the Lérins islands off Cannes.  The discovery was made today in the port of Saint-Honorat.  Reports say that recovery operations are difficult because of the high waves but authorities are planning to take the dolphin to a laboratory to attempt to establish the cause of death.


Economic growth in the eurozone slowed by more than expected in the third quarter of the year, at 0.2%, compared with 0.4% in the previous quarter. Italy registered no growth at all during the third quarter. Growth across all 28 countries of the EU also fell, to 0.3% from 0.5%.

BP has reported increased third quarter profits, boosted by stronger oil prices and higher production from new oil fields. Profits rose to $3.8bn from $1.86bn a year earlier. Revenue in the period also increased to $80.8bn, up from $60.8bn last year.

General Electric has cut its quarterly dividend after reporting a third quarter loss of $22.8bn. A year ago it made profits of $1.3bn.



FOOTBALL.. Steven Naismith will miss Scotland's two Nations League matches against Albania and Israel next month. The striker was forced out of Sunday's League Cup semi-final match with a knee injury.
Also in football news, England midfielder Dele Alli has signed a new contract with Tottenham that will keep him at the club until 2024.

CRICKET… England used three wicketkeepers on the opening day of their two-day match against a Sri Lanka Board President's Eleven. England gave Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes and Ollie Pope time behind the stumps in Colombo. Regular keeper Jonny Bairstow is recovering from an ankle injury. 

AMERICAN FOOTBALL… London will host four NFL games next year.  Two of the matches are scheduled to be played at Tottenham's new stadium and two at Wembley. The four matches will bring the total number of NFL games played in London to 28 since the first match in 2007.

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