Tens of thousands of homes have been left without power in France, as Storm Amélie brought heavy winds and rains to the Atlantic coast and southern areas, Report informs citing L’Express newspaper.

Electricity supplier Enedis said power cuts were affecting 55,000 homes, mostly in the western Nouvelle Aquitaine region, at 17:00 (16:00 GMT).

A number of departments were placed on “orange alert” throughout the day because of the extreme weather.

Winds in some places had exceeded 163km/h (100mph).

Emergency services responded to hundreds of callouts on Sunday, as heavy winds brought down trees and electricity cables.

No deaths have been confirmed, but a woman in her seventies was reported missing after a landslide in southern Nice, AFP news agency reports.

In the south-west of the country, six people sustained minor injuries, mainly caused by falling branches, AFP said.