Storm 'Gloria' moves from Spain to batter SW France

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Around 1,500 inhabitants were evacuated from their homes and an estimated 23,000 households were without electricity in south-west France on Wednesday as storm Gloria, described as  the most ferocious rainstorm to hit the region in almost 30 years, moved north from Spain, bursting river banks and whipping up huge waves which battered the Mediterranean coastline.  

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Intense rains and snow have been forecast in south-western France, where more than 23,000 people are without power as storm Gloria batters the region, reports Radio France Internationale.