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Fierce European storms leave wave of devastation

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Fierce European storms leave wave of devastation


At least 15 people have been killed in storms hitting Spain and France.

At a sports centre in Barcelona four children died when it collapsed after the roof was ripped off by hurricane force winds on Saturday. Emergency services fought desperately to save those buried. It is believed the junior baseball team went into the building seeking cover from the storm. In another incident in Barcelona, a woman was killed when a wall fell on top of her, while in the northern region of Galicia a policeman died when a tree struck his car In the Basque capital Bilbao, dozens of people were evacuated from homes when battering winds blew off rooftops, while thousands of others were left without electricity. With reports of winds hitting more than 190km an hour in some places, the centre of the storm was concentrated in northern Spain and southwest France. In France, a forest was simply brushed aside as the fierce winds swept in from the Atlantic. At least four people were reported dead with some 1.7 millon homes left without electricity. The severe conditions also forced rail lines and airports to close with some parts seeing heavy flooding. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said he will travel to the affected area on Sunday.

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