Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Spain: Hurricane Leslie hits the Catalonia Region

Around 325,000 are without power in Portugal after hurricane Leslie ravaged parts of the country Camera Icon Around 325,000 are without power in Portugal after hurricane Leslie ravaged parts of the country
Pablo Mccormick | 18 October, 2018, 12:49

HUNDREDS of thousands of people have been left without power as a tropical storm brought 180mph winds to Spain and Portugal.

Leslie had been downgraded from a category one hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone with winds of 70 miles per hour ( 110 kph) by the time it landed on Portugal's Atlantic coast late Saturday. The civil defence services said 324,000 people were left without electricity while more than 60 people had to leave their homes and flee to safety.

"It's a post-tropical storm now and is already in the far north of the country", meteorological institute head Jorge Miranda told the Lusa news agency.

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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.

Power was being restored across the north and centre of the country during the morning.

Lisbon airport cancelled dozens of flights as a precautionary measure.

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Portuguese authorities had urged those living by the coast to batten down the hatches and stay indoors, while telling fishermen at sea to return to the nearest port. "I have never seen anything like it".

The weather irregularity was dubbed a zombie because of the way it meandered through the Atlantic Ocean for weeks since September 23. Past year around this time, it was Ophelia that passed near the Portugal-Spain coast on track to Ireland, feeding forest fires in both countries and killing 40 during a heat wave.

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