'Zombie' storm Leslie smashes into Portugal

18 October, 2018, 12:49 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Around 325,000 are without power in Portugal after hurricane Leslie ravaged parts of the country

Storms packing almost 180km/h winds hit Portugal early on Sunday leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power before carrying heavy rain on into Spain, authorities said.

According to authorities, Leslie is the worst storm to have struck Portugal since 1842, prompting 13 of the nation's 18 administrative districts to declare a red alert. Three hundred thousand homes were left without electricity.

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

Portuguese authorities had urged those living on the coast to stay indoors amid warnings of winds that reached 176km/h.

Post-tropical cyclone Leslie made landfall in Portugal bringing heavy rains and hurricane-force winds.

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"The greatest danger has passed", Costa said.

Lisbon airport cancelled dozens of flights as a precautionary measure.

Authorities urged people living by the coast to secure their homes and stay indoors because of the heavy rain and unsafe wind and waves. The strongest wind gust reported in Portugal was 176.4 km/h at the Figueira da Foz observatory. "I have never seen anything like it".

He said that intense wind and rainy periods are still to be expected on Monday and that there are trees and infrastructure that suffered damages during the storm that may still fall.

The weather irregularity was dubbed a zombie because of the way it meandered through the Atlantic Ocean for weeks since September 23. The death toll was 12 people.

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