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Deadly storm hits Spain, France

A powerful storm, Gloria, has battered much of eastern Spain, killing at least four people in its wake, officials say.

The region around Valencia and the Balearic Islands were reported to be the worst-hit on Monday, with heavy flooding and strong winds causing havoc.

Social media users in the country have been publishing footage of flooded streets in Valencia and other cities and towns.

Spanish forecasters on Monday reported winds of up to 115km/h and huge waves on the Mediterranean coast.

Overall, thirty-three provinces were put on high alert as the storm later moved into southern France.

Local French media, citing One renowned forecaster, said the storm was the worst in the region since 1982.

Meanwhile, dozens of extra police and firefighters have been deployed in the affected region, as the A9 motorway on the French side of the two countries’ frontier was closed as a precautionary measure.

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