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15 Killed by Storms in Spain, France


Hurricane force winds lashed northern Spain and southern France Saturday, killing at least 15 people, knocking out electrical power and causing transportation problems.

Four of the victims were children killed when a sports center collapsed in Barcelona. They were members of a baseball team that had sought shelter from the storm.

Winds were reported gusting to 160 kilometers per hour.

A 78-year-old woman in the Gironde region of France died when her respirator shut down in a power outage.

Airports closed Saturday throughout the region. France's national railroad stopped train traffic in the area and authorities ordered a halt to tractor-trailer and tour bus operation.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he will travel later Sunday to the affected area.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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