Hurricane Leslie bears down on Portugal, Spain

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Hurricane Leslie weakened slightly as is headed toward Portugal and Spain on Saturday, with forecasters expecting it to bring heavy rains and risky winds and surf to parts of the Iberian Peninsula.

Yet, parts of Virginia are still seeing risky wind gusts, the National Hurricane Center said.

Michael, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane intensity scale when it came ashore, was causing flash flooding on Thursday in parts of North Carolina and Virginia, where some areas could get as much as 9 inches (23 cm) of rain, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Leslie's maximum sustained winds were 75 mph (120 kph) and those hurricane-force winds extend outward for 95 kilometers (60 miles). No watches or warnings are in effect.

With the new storms approaching, the civil protection agency advised people to secure doors and windows in anticipation of strong winds and to avoid going near trees, cranes or buildings under construction.

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Trains between Swansea and Carmarthen stopped running at 19:00 on Friday evening due to anticipated coastal flooding. The Met Office has warned heavy rainfall moving in from the South West issued a 36-hour amber warning for Wales .

Leslie is still expected to generate ocean swells that will affect Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands throughout the weekend, in addition to the Atlantic coasts of Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

Leslie is a bit of a weather outlier, since hurricanes that regularly batter the American side of the Atlantic rarely bring their destructive force across to Europe.

At least seven people were killed by the storm in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina from falling trees and other hurricane-related incidents, according to state officials.

Hurricane Leslie has been wandering around as a tropical storm over the tropical central North Atlantic for the last three weeks since its formation. Parts of western Spain are expected to receive tropical-storm-force winds. Four of the people drowned, and a firefighter was killed when his truck was struck by a tractor-trailer as he responded to an accident in heavy storm conditions, the Associated Press reported. It's moving east-northeast at 33 miles per hour, the NHC said.