Hurricane Leslie raged across the Atlantic Ocean towards Portugal and Spain on Saturday, predicting that the storm would bring heavy rains, high winds and dangerous surf to the western parts of the Iberian Peninsula. Predictors said parts of Portugal will see near hurricane-strong winds, while parts of western Spain are expected to be hit by tropical storm storms.
The Category 1 storm was 315 kilometers southwest of Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, said the National Hurricane Center. Leslie's maximum sustained winds were 75 mph (120 km / h) and these gale-force winds extend 95 miles (60 miles) outwards.
The Portuguese Meteorological Service has issued red warnings – the highest level – for 13 of its 18 mainland districts, including Lisbon, for high winds or dangerous coastal conditions, where the impact of the storm will be felt at 18:00.
There were no coastal warnings or clocks, the hurricane center said.
The meteorological service warned that the gusts of wind on the Portuguese coast could possibly reach speeds of 190 km / h overnight and on early Sunday. Luis Belo Costa of the Portuguese National Protection Agency recommended that people "definitely avoid walking on the streets".
From Leslie is still expected that there are on the weekends next to the Atlantic coasts of Spain, Portugal and Morocco also sea on Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands. Predictors said that the swells would likely bring "life-threatening surf and rip-current conditions".
Leslie is a bit of a weather outlier, as hurricanes that routinely smash the American side of the Atlantic rarely bring their destructive power to Europe.
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