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When wild winds are blowin'

Pierre Reynard, Head of the ITER Safety Control Division

In the south of France the wind can be quite strong, as we all experienced last week. These gusts mainly come in from the northwest and are known as the Mistral.

In such weather conditions there is not only the risk of falling trees; last week part of a street light pole fell down into the car park of building 519. We were lucky that it fell between two cars and that fortunately no one was injured and no car damaged.

So, please be very careful in strong winds. Avoid walking under trees, beware of every noise when out of doors, and report any anomaly to the Building Security Supervisor, Alain Le Bris.

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