Michael brings risky winds, flooding in U.S. Mid-Atlantic: NHC

Michael brings risky winds, flooding in U.S. Mid-Atlantic: NHC

Hurricane Leslie was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday, expecting to bring risky winds, surf and heavy rainfall to portions of Portugal and Spain, the National Hurricane Center said. Forecasters said sections of Portugal would see near hurricane-force winds, while parts of western Spain could be hit with tropical- force winds.

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.

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

Portugal's civil protection chief Luis Belo Costa warned of possible flooding in coastal areas ahead of the storm's arrival.

"As Tropical Storm Michael turns to the Commonwealth, I want to urge all Virginians to prepare for the serious possibility of flash floods, tropical storm force winds, tornadoes, and power outages", said Governor Northam. Even Portugal's main highway was temporarily blocked by fallen trees.

More than 200 power lines were affected by the storm, according to reports citing power authority EDP. He also gave the injury toll but added that none of the injuries were life-threatening.

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.

It is rare for an Atlantic hurricane to reach the Iberian peninsula, with only five such events recorded.

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

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