300,000 without power as Storm Leslie hits Portugal

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In the country cancelled many flights.

Global weather forecasting site AccuWeather has dubbed Leslie a "zombie hurricane" as it first formed on September 23 "and has been meandering the waters of the Atlantic Ocean for weeks".

In Sevilla all parks in the city were closed from 8pm on Saturday night.

Leslie - which was downgraded to a tropical storm before it made landfall - is unusual since hurricanes that regularly batter the American side of the Atlantic rarely bring their destructive force across to Europe.

"The meteorological system has lost intensity but gained speed". However, the commander of civil defense White Luis Costa said that "the biggest danger behind".

Hurricane-force winds have brought down hundreds of trees and left more than 15,000 homes without power in Portugal.

In central Lisbon the situation remained calm though weather conditions were worsening by the hour.

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The storm was about 85 miles south-southwest of Porto, Portugal and about 125 miles north of Lisbon, Portugal, the NHC said in a 5 p.m. Authorities had urged people to stay indoors and keep away from coastal areas.

It is still expected to dissipate over northern Spain later on Sunday.

Branches of trees are seen on a street at Benfica neigborhood as hurricane Leslie goes past in Lisbon, Portugal October 14, 2018.

"Leslie" called one of the most powerful storms ever experienced in Portugal. Ophelia then made landfall in Ireland as a violent storm, killing three people.

Separate storm fronts in the north and east of Spain mean heavy rain is expected across much of the country on Sunday.

Spain's Mediterranean island of Mallorca [Majorca] is still recovering from massive rainfalls and flash floods, especially in its eastern coastal regions, last Tuesday that killed 12 people, including tourists from Germany.