They swept into the centre and north of the country overnight. There have been no reports of deaths or injuries, but officials have warned people not to venture outdoors. They also warned of possible flooding in coastal areas. A number of flights have been cancelled. Winds gusting up to 176km/h (109mph) were recorded after the storm struck the mainland. Most of the power cuts are in Leiria district and on the outskirts of the capital, Lisbon.
A severe “red” warning applied to 13 of Portugal’s 18 mainland districts. Hundreds of people remained in an arts centre in Figueira da Foz after a concert because of the high winds. It is thought this Atlantic hurricane could be the most powerful to hit Portugal since 1842. The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) said Leslie would continue to lose intensity after making landfall and pass to the category of “post-tropical storm.” Spanish meteorologists expected Leslie to reach Spain on Sunday. Throughout the weekend, Leslie’s ocean swells were also expected to wrack Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands.