Cyclone Leslie slams into Portugal, leaves 27 injured

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Now a Category 1 hurricane, Leslie is expected to weaken slightly as it moves east on Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said. Winds are expected to be near hurricane force in Portugal.

Portugal has been battered by one of its strongest ever storms as the remnants of Hurricane Leslie left thousands of homes without power.

Michael, the third most powerful hurricane ever to hit the U.S. mainland, weakened overnight to a tropical storm but marched northeast yesterday, toppling trees with 80kmh winds and bringing "life threatening" flash flooding to Georgia and Virginia, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) reported.

It will arrive at the central coast Saturday night and continue into Spain as a weaker storm.

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There were fears it could be the worst storm to hit the region in more than 150 years, but it weakened before reaching the Portuguese coastline in the early hours of Sunday.

Luis Belo Costa, of Portugal's national protection agency, told residents to "avoid at all costs walking on the street".

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.

Experts warned of "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".

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Hurricanes formed on the American side of the Atlantic rarely bring their destructive force to Europe.

Many across Hampton Roads were impacted by now post-tropical storm Michael, which was a tropical storm when it crossed over Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina on Thursday.

Leslie first became a sub-tropical storm almost three weeks ago on September 23.

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