slot machine theatre-Giant hailstone: Toddler killed in violent Spanish storm

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Image caption, A large hailstone that fell in Girona, Spain on Tuesday

A 20-month-old child has died in Spain after being struck on the head by a hailstone.

About 50 other people reported injuries - ranging from bruises to bone fractures - from the freak 10-minute-long storm that hit the Girona region of Catalonia on Tuesday evening.

It destroyed roofs, downed power cables and shattered windows.

One of the hailstones measured 10cm (4 inches) in diameter, Catalonia's meteorological service said.

It the largest to rain down on the region since 2002.

En concret, el nostre observador de la XOM a la Bisbal d'Empordà (el Baix Empordà) ha registrat un diàmetre màxim de pedra de fins a uns 10 cm.

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Firefighters received more than 40 calls from members of the public about damage caused by Tuesday's storm, mostly from the town of Bisbal d'Emporda.

Local officials have now reissued violent weather alerts, warning residents that more large hailstones could rain down on the coastal area.

According to advice from Catalonia's meteorological service, hailstorms can occur throughout the year but are most frequently recorded between March and September.

An unusually hot summer has meant the nearby Mediterranean sea is warmer than usual for this time of year, making violent tropical storms more likely.

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