Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Storm Leslie hits Portugal, leaves thousands without power

Storm Leslie hits Portugal, leaves thousands without power

Winds of 110mph were recorded as the hurricane, which weakened slightly into a post-tropical cyclone, swept into northern and central Portugal overnight, with officials warning people not to venture outdoors.

Portuguese authorities urged those living by the coast to stay indoors and fishermen to return to port while some flights were cancelled over warnings winds could reach up to 120 kilometres per hour (75 miles per hour).

The worst-affected areas in Portugal were around the capital, Lisbon, and in the districts of Coimbra and Leiria.

Twenty-seven people suffered minor injuries, civil defence commander Luis Belo Costa told reporters. Even Portugal's main highway was temporarily blocked by fallen trees. "People were very anxious".

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The storm is thought to be the most powerful to hit Portugal since 1842.

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. Yet, parts of Virginia are still seeing unsafe wind gusts, the National Hurricane Center said.

Gusts of nearly 100km/h were recorded near the city of Zamora early on Sunday, but winds have now lessened.

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. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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