Storm Leslie hits Portugal, leaves thousands without power

Michael leaves damage, impacts many across Hampton Roads

A weakened hurricane Leslie slammed into the coast of Portugal, leaving 27 people injured as it uprooted trees, brought down power lines and smashed store windows with gusting winds and heavy rain. Forecasters said sections of Portugal would see near hurricane-force winds, while parts of western Spain could be hit with tropical- force winds.

The remnants of Hurricane Leslie swept into the centre and north of the country overnight on Saturday.

The storm, carrying winds of up 100 km/h, was most intense during the night.

The exact trajectory of the hurricane, however, remains uncertain due to the presence of another storm approaching the region from the north, Portugal's meteorological institute said.

Luis Belo Costa of Portugal's National Protection Agency urged people to "avoid at all costs walking on the street", according to the Associated Press.

More than 15,000 homes were reported to be without power, while several flights to and from Lisbon were cancelled.

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

While Leslie is likely to be downgraded to storm category when it hits western Spain on Sunday, authorities still warned that it could cause damage as it adds on to other active weather fronts.

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

Leslie continued to move east across the Iberian Peninsula to Spain, where authorities have issued warnings for heavy rains and storm conditions in the northern part of the country.

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