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Extreme weather in Europe

2010-12-09 03:18:26 GMT2010-12-09 11:18:26 (Beijing Time)

One person is dead and a boy is missing after extreme weather sweeps through southern Europe.

Extreme weather in the Iberian Peninsula.

In Spain, torrential rains triggered heavy floods on Wednesday killing at least one person and forcing hundreds to flee their homes.

A 31-year-old man was found dead in Arroyo del Ojanco, Jaen, after he was struck by lightning during a storm.

A nine-year-old boy from Almodovar del Campo, Ciudad Real, is still missing after he was swept away while travelling by car with his parents.

The heavy rain has caused the Genil river to overrun its banks forcing the evacuation of 1,000 homes in Ecija and reaching unprecedented levels in Cordoba.

One resident tries to surmise the damage near Seville.

"My car is down there and I don't even know how it is."

The Spanish Meteorological Agency has kept its weather alert in place for the southwest and the Canary Islands as more rain is expected.

Meanwhile Portugal is picking up the pieces.

A tornado lashed Tomar and other central cities, leaving a trail of destruction and injuring at least 30 people.

Most of the victims were children at a local nursery school where the roof collapsed.

Maryam Ishani, Reuters.

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