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9/22/2007

At least 30 injured during freak hail storm

Spain
Around thirty people, including at least four children were slightly injured during a freak hail storm that hit Marbella this morning that caused thousands of euros worth of damage to hundreds of cars and properties.

The storm, which has been classified as "severe" by the National Meteorological Institute (INM), started at 8.55am and lasted just a few minutes.

Some of the hail stones were reported to be the size of tennis balls.

The storm followed a night of heavy rain across the region which flooded several tunnels, causing some lengthy traffic delays during this morning's rush hour.

With further torrential rain expected over the coming hours, the INM has placed four regions on severe weather alert: Valencia, Murcia, Castilla La Mancha and Andalucía.

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