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Hail storm batters south-west France

Emergency services called out after sudden downpour of hail in Aquitaine

EMERGENCY services were flooded with calls on Saturday as hail stones up to an inch wide battered parts of south-west France.

The storm began over the Pays Basque and spread towards the Landes. In Biarritz, eyewitnesses reported 10 minutes of non-stop hail and in Dax alone the emergency services received 70 calls for help.

Facebook and Twitter users posted some impressive photos of the sudden hail storm and the aftermath.

@laurentzegre: Petite tempête de grêle à #Biarritz. Légère...

Bonjour les dégâts !— TheRealPeggy Ganong (@SkepBy) 18 Avril 2015

Heavy rain continued across parts of Aquitaine into the evening, with more stormy weather forecast on Sunday in the Languedoc-Roussillon, southern parts of the massif Central, the Rhône valley and northern parts of the Paca region.

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