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Last Updated: Saturday January 24 2009 15:13 GMT

Four children die in Spain storm

Public roads workers clear away trees felled by the storm in France

Four children have died after a sports hall they were in collapsed following fierce storms in northern Spain and south-west France.

The roof of the building near the Spanish city of Barcelona was blown off after winds of more than 100 mph hit the area.

Rescue workers are searching through the rubble to free people who are still trapped in the building.

It's thought at least 20 children were inside the hall when it collapsed.

At least 15 people were injured in the accident.

Power cuts

Man looks at a wall which has been blown over
A wall blown down by the storm
In France, gales cut power supplies to more than one million homes. Roads, railways and airports have also been closed.

Officials in the Landes region said one person was killed and one seriously injured when a tree fell on a car. And there are reports a policeman in Spain was killed.

People are being advised to stay indoors and avoid going out if they can.

Forecasters predict the storms should calm down by Saturday evening.