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High winds and waves batter Basque city beachfront

Strong winds and waves up to eight metres (26 feet) high lashed the beach front of the Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian on Tuesday, smashing seaside walkways and bars. Boats moored in the harbour of the town near the French border in northern Spain were overturned and cars swept down streets by waves. San Sebastian's famous Concha beachfront was badly hit by the storm, coming just a week before Easter holidays which usually bring high numbers of tourists. The damage could take weeks to repair although it was too early to say how much it would cost. Spain's state meterological service has issued a warning of strong winds and waves along the country's Atlantic coast from Galicia to the Basque Country.
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