Spain and Portugal brace for Hurricane Leslie

16 October, 2018, 11:07 | Author: Carlos George
  • Remnants of Hurricane Michael heading toward Europe

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.

By 8 p.m. (0000 GMT) on Thursday, the storm was located about 5 miles (10 km) northwest of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles-per-hour (85 kph).

Portugal has been battered by one of its strongest ever storms as the remnants of Hurricane Leslie left thousands of homes without power.

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A lifeguard watches at Carcavelos beach before hurricane Leslie arrives in Portugal.

Spain was also expected to be hit by the severe weather, dubbed a "zombie" storm because it first formed on 23 September and has meandered through the Atlantic Ocean for weeks.

Leslie is a bit of a weather outlier, since hurricanes that regularly batter the American side of the Atlantic rarely bring their destructive power all the way across the ocean to Europe. Ophelia then made landfall in Ireland as a violent storm, killing three people. Parts of western Spain are expected to receive tropical storm-force winds.

On the forecast track, the center of Leslie will pass north of Madeira Island on Saturday, and approach the southwestern portion of the Iberian Peninsula on Saturday night, and move inland over portions of the Iberian Peninsula on Sunday.

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