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Last Updated: Saturday January 24 2009 14:13 GMT

In pictures: Deadly storms hit France and Spain

A huge wave hits a pier near Saint-Jean-de-Luz, south-western France

The strongest storms for a decade in northern Spain and south-west France have brought chaos to the area.

Part of a roof structure lies across a car following a storm in Toulouse, France

The storms are thought to have claimed five lives in Spain, as winds of up to 107mph (172kmph) struck the Atlantic coast and spread inland.

Firemen clear a street covered in broken branches in Toulouse, France

More than one million homes in France are without electricity, and rail and air services have been suspended in many areas.

Public roads workers clear the road in the French city of Blagnac

Hundreds of technicians have been sent out to to try and restore power to homes in the area, but thousands of fallen trees have blocked roads, hampering their efforts.

A man inspects a tree split in half during a storm in Toulouse, France

Weather forecasters had predicted the storms but they ended up hitting a wider area than was thought.

A couple battles high winds in the Basque town of San Sebastian, northern Spain

People living in affected areas in both countries have been warned to stay indoors for their own safety.