Hurricane Leslie heads quickly to Iberian Peninsula

Hurricane Leslie was moving quickly toward the Iberian Peninsula, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday.

Hurricane Leslie, which became a named storm on Sept. 23, was moving quickly toward the Iberian Peninsula, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday. Image courtesy NOAA
Hurricane Leslie, which became a named storm on Sept. 23, was moving quickly toward the Iberian Peninsula, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday. Image courtesy NOAA

The hurricane, a Category 1 storm, was about 195 miles west-southwest of Lisbon, Portugal, the National Hurricane Center said in an 11 a.m. advisory on Friday.
Leslie, strengthened from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane this week, has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. It’s moving east-northeast at 33 mph, the NHC said. If the storm drops to 74 maximum sustained winds, it would be downgraded to a tropical storm.

Dangerous winds, surf and heavy rainfall are forecast as Leslie reaches the Iberian Peninsula in Portugal in about 18 hours and western Spain by about 24 hours, the NHC said Saturday morning.

The government of Portugal has discontinued the tropical storm warning for Madeira Island. No watches or warnings are in effect.

The meteorological services of Portugal and Spain will handle hazard information for their respective countries.

After landfall, rapid weakening is forecast and Leslie should dissipate as it becomes part of a broad low pressure area over Spain between 36 and 48 hours.

Leslie first became a sub-tropical storm nearly three weeks ago on Sept. 23.

The hurricane is the only storm in the Atlantic.

Tropical Storm Nadine dissipated on Friday night, according to an 11 p.m. advisory.

ByUPI staff