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Torrential rain, wind turns deadly in South America

Staff writers
September 20, 2012 — Torrential rains and hurricane-force winds have turned deadly in parts of South America.

Strong winds downed trees
Strong winds downed trees

A powerful storm that's been hammering central South America has brought flooding rain and winds of up to 150 km/h to some places.

Officials say at least seven people have been killed and several others injured.

In Uruguay, the National Meteorological Bureau declared a red alert on Wednesday as the storm battered its capital Montevideo. 

90 trees had to be cut as they threatened to fall on vehicles and pedestrians. Several public buildings have been evacuated and three of the four major shopping centres were closed in the capital as well. 

Over 450 people have left the area and officials expect the number of evacuations to increase over the next couple of days. 

With files from CNN

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