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Southeast Spain hit by worst storms on record, 2 dead

MADRID — A large area of southeast Spain was battered Thursday by what in some places was the heaviest rainfall on record, with the storms wreaking widespread destruction and killing at least two people.

The regional emergency service said a 51-year-old woman and her 61-year-old brother were found dead inside an overturned car that floodwaters washed away in Caudete.

The fire department said in a tweet that emergency crews also pulled three people from a river.

Four police were injured in the rescue operation.

The Spanish weather service AEMET classified the region as being ‘‘at extreme risk’’ from torrential downpours. It forecast more downpours of up to 3½ inches an hour and up to 7 inches over 24 hours.

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