Paris: Storms packing wind gusts of up to 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour on Saturday forced the closure of France`s port of Calais on the English Channel and the suspension of car ferries to and from Britain, officials said.
"No vessel is entering or leaving. All sea traffic is halted," an official at Calais`s port authority told AFP, adding that ferries currently in Britain`s port of Dover on the other side of the channel were remaining there.
A P&O ferry that arrived from Dover before the closure had to wait several minutes outside the Calais port for a slight lull in the weather to enter more safely, the port authority said.
The storm was expected to lighten up later Saturday.