27 people hurt as weakened hurricane Leslie slams into Portugal

Geneva Stokes
October 15, 2018

Leslie had been downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone with winds of 110 kph by the time it landed on Portugal's Atlantic coast late Saturday.

Maritime authorities advised fishermen at sea to return to the nearest port and Portugal's TAP airline cancelled seven flights to and from Lisbon.

Expected trajectory across Spain.

"The meteorological system has lost intensity but gained speed".

Civil defence commander Luis Belo Costa said after Saturday night that "the greatest danger has passed".

This is how the Lisbon coastline looked hours before Leslie made landfall.

The storm, one of the most powerful to ever hit the country, is now heading for Spain.

"The town seemed to be in a state of war with cars smashed by fallen trees", he said.

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Maritime authorities advised fishermen now at sea to return to the nearest port and Portugal's TAP airline cancelled seven flights to and from Lisbon.

It is rare for an Atlantic hurricane to hit the Iberian peninsula as only five have been recorded.

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

Ophelia then made landfall in Ireland as a violent storm, killing three people.

Separate storm fronts in the north and east of Spain mean heavy rain is expected across much of the country.

Earlier this week, 12 people were killed in flash floods on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

Damage across the area ranged from limbs and branches down to entire trees, causing widespread damage and more than 200,000 power outages across the region.

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