Storm Leslie: Portugal hit by hurricane-force winds
October 14, 2018 5:28 pm
Hurricane-force winds have struck central and northern Portugal, leaving 300,000 homes without power.
The remnants of Hurricane Leslie swept in overnight on Saturday, with winds gusting up to 176km/h (109mph).
Civil defence officials said 27 people suffered minor injuries, with localised flooding, hundreds of trees uprooted and a number of flights cancelled.
The storm, one of the most powerful to ever hit the country, is now passing over northern Spain.
The worst-affected areas in Portugal were around the capital, Lisbon, and in the districts of Coimbra and Leiria. Aveiro, Viseu and Porto in the north also suffered damage.
About 1,000 trees have been uprooted, officials say. The main A1 motorway was among the roads temporarily blocked.