Storm Leslie hits Portugal, leaves thousands without power

Michael leaves damage, impacts many across Hampton Roads

Hurricane Leslie churned across the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday heading toward Portugal and Spain, with forecasters saying the storm will bring heavy rain, high winds and risky surf to western parts of the Iberian Peninsula.

Hurricane-force winds have struck central and northern Portugal, leaving 300,000 homes without power.

Some weakening is forecast during the next day or so, but Leslie is expected to transition into a powerful post-tropical cyclone by Saturday night, October 13.

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 storm formed on September 23 and spent weeks in the Atlantic Ocean before coming to the Iberian peninsula.

The storm was the most intense overnight bringing localised flooding and uprooting thousands of trees.

Some 1,900 incidents were reported to emergency services, although civil defence commander Luis Belo Costa said "the greatest danger has passed". Authorities had urged people to stay indoors and keep away from coastal areas.

There have been no reports of deaths or injuries, but officials have warned people not to venture outdoors, and a number of flights have been cancelled.

Michael, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States, left the East Coast early Friday morning.

The storm is expected to pass north of Madeira Island and then approach the southwestern part of the Iberian Peninsula on Saturday before moving inland late Saturday and Sunday.

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