Cyclone Leslie slams into Portugal, leaves 27 injured
Cyclone Leslie slams into Portugal, leaves 27 injured
Hurricane Or Not, Leslie Makes A Rare Landfall Across Portugal Tonight - Blog by Nick Finnis
16 October, 2018, 11:05
The Category 1 storm - centered 300 kilometers (180 miles) southwest of Lisbon early Saturday, local time - had been spawned in the western Atlantic two weeks ago before heading toward the Iberian Peninsula.
As of Saturday afternoon, Leslie was about 200 miles (320 km) west of Lisbon, the NHC said, adding that it is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone and dissipate by Sunday night or Monday.
The Category 1 hurricane is expected to produce risky winds, surf and heavy rainfall in Portugal and Spain on Saturday night and Sunday, the center said.
Leslie caused a lot of tree damage in the Portuguese seaside town of Figueira da Foz.
The weather service warned that gusting winds could potentially reach speeds of 190 kph (118 mph) along the Portuguese coast overnight and early Sunday.
Most regions and communities have issued warnings and preventive measures to minimise the effects from the storm. But Leslie was still expected to generate ocean swells that would affect Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands throughout the weekend, in addition to the Atlantic coasts of Spain, Portugal and Morocco. None of the injuries was reported to be life- threatening.
Hurricanes formed on the American side of the Atlantic rarely bring their destructive force to Europe.
A lifeguard watches at Carcavelos beach before hurricane Leslie arrives in Portugal. Ophelia then made landfall in Ireland as a violent storm, killing three people.
MUCH of Spain is on full alert as Hurricane Leslie is expected to track across the county in a northeasterly direction either as a storm or tropical depression.
Leslie continued to move east across the Iberian Peninsula to Spain, where authorities have issued warnings for heavy rains and storm conditions in the northern part of the country.
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