Storm Leslie hits Portugal, leaves thousands without power

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Though weakened into a tropical storm, it continued to bring heavy rain and blustery winds to the Southeast as it pushed inland, soaking areas still recovering from last month's Hurricane Florence.

Maximum sustained winds in the former Category 1 hurricane decreased to 70 miles per hour (110 kph) as the storm neared Portugal's west coast, the U.S National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

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

The storm, carrying winds of up 130km/h, was most intense during the night.

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At least 1,000 trees were uprooted, mainly in coastal towns north of Lisbon where the storm first reached land, hitting power lines and blocking roads. Some flights were also canceled or delayed.

More than 60 people were forced to leave their homes by the storm and 300,000 people suffered power cuts overnight, Luis Belo Costa of Portugal's National Protection Agency said. Even Portugal's main highway was temporarily blocked by fallen trees.

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

He also gave the injury toll but added that none were life-threatening.

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Leslie is still expected to generate ocean swells that will affect Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands throughout the weekend, in addition to the Atlantic coasts of Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

Only five are on record, including Hurricane Ophelia whose air mass fueled forest fires in Portugal and Spain in 2017.

Earlier this week, 12 people died in the flooding on Mallorca in the Mediterranean.

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