Winds Kill 13 in Spain, France

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2009 1:31 PM CST
Rescue workers bring out a covered body from a sports center which collapsed in high winds.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – High winds in Spain and southern France today killed 13 people, crippled transportation networks, and cut power to more than 1.7 million, Reuters reports. The deaths were caused by flying debris, collapsed walls, and trees pushed over by the wind, which topped 100 mph in some areas. In Barcelona, four children ages 9 to 12 were killed when an athletic center collapsed. Airports in the region have been closed, rail service suspended, and 60-foot ocean swells are stranding dolphins on beaches.