Leslie weakens from hurricane as it nears Portugal, Spain

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Over 200 power lines were affected by the storm, according to reports citing power authority EDP.

During the morning Castilla y León, Extremadura and parts of western Andalucia will be buffeted by winds of around 100 km/h and heavy rain that, locally, could deposit more than 80 litres/m2.

The National Civil Protection Authority (ANPC) has chose to keep the yellow alert in mainland Portugal until 24:00 local time on Monday, as there are structures that can fall and "too much work to clean" what was damaged by the passing of the Leslie.

More than 300,000 homes have lost power, the commander at the Civil Protection Agency said. "People were very anxious".

Some weakening is forecast during the next day or so, but Leslie is expected to transition into a powerful post-tropical cyclone by Saturday night, October 13.

These downpours were also fed by a conveyor belt of rain that linked up with Hurricane Leslie racing towards Portugal.

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Neighbouring Spain was also preparing itself for what was dubbed a "zombie" hurricane, as it first formed on Sep 23 and has been meandering through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean for weeks.

On the forecast track, the center of Leslie will pass north of Madeira Island on Saturday, and approach the southwestern portion of the Iberian Peninsula on Saturday night, and move inland over portions of the Iberian Peninsula on Sunday.

Maritime authorities advised fishermen at sea to return to the nearest port and Portugal's TAP airline cancelled seven flights to and from Lisbon.

There is a 20 percent chance of the storm becoming a tropical cyclone in the next five days and a 10 percent chance of it becoming one in the next two days, the NHC said.

Earlier this week, 12 people died in the flooding on Mallorca in the Mediterranean.

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