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Hurricane Leslie downgraded to tropical storm as it churns toward Portugal, Spain

By UPI staff
Hurricane Leslie downgraded to tropical storm as it churns toward Portugal, Spain
Hurricane Leslie, which became a named storm on Sept. 23, was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday. It was located about 85 miles south-southwest of Porto, Portugal and about 125 miles north of Lisbon, Portugal, the National Hurricane Center said. Image courtesy NOAA

Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Hurricane Leslie was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday, expecting to bring dangerous winds, surf and heavy rainfall to portions of Portugal and Spain, the National Hurricane Center said.

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. advisory Saturday.

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Winds from Leslie, which strengthened from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane earlier this week, weakened slightly below the threshold for a Category 1 storm Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

The tropical storm is moving northeast at 35 mph, the NHC said.

Post-tropical Leslie will bring winds to near hurricane-force to portions of Portugal Saturday night, and gale-force winds to portions of western and northern Spain later Saturday through early Sunday.

The storm could produce flash flooding in portions of Portugal and Spain and life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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

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