Hur­ri­cane Les­lie weak­ens as it nears Ibe­ria

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>> LIS­BON: Hur­ri­cane Les­lie weak­ened slightly as it headed to­ward Por­tu­gal and Spain yes­ter­day, with fore­cast­ers ex­pect­ing it to bring heavy rains and dan­ger­ous winds and surf to parts of the Ibe­rian Penin­sula.

The Cat­e­gory 1 storm was hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres south­west of Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal, and 935 kilo­me­tres east of the Azores is­lands, the US Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­tre in Miami said.

Les­lie is mov­ing north­east at 61kph and its max­i­mum sus­tained winds de­creased slightly to 120kph.

The storm was ex­pected to pass north of Madeira and then ap­proach the south­west­ern part of the Ibe­rian Penin­sula yes­ter­day be­fore mov­ing in­land today.

A trop­i­cal storm warn­ing is in ef­fect for Madeira, and fore­cast­ers said that por­tions of Por­tu­gal will ex­pe­ri­ence near hur­ri­cane-force winds. Parts of western Spain are ex­pected to re­ceive trop­i­cal storm­force winds.

Les­lie is also ex­pected to gen­er­ate swells that will af­fect the Azores, Madeira and the Ca­nary Is­land through­out the week­end, in ad­di­tion to the At­lantic coasts of Spain, Por­tu­gal and Morocco, fore­cast­ers said. The swells are likely to bring “life-threat­en­ing surf and rip cur­rent con­di­tions’’.

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