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Portugal Is Facing the Region’s Strongest Atlantic Storm Since 1842

  • Leslie is forecast to reach make landfall within a few hours
  • Storm of this type is ‘kind of unprecedented’ for region
Wavy ocean at Costa da Caparica in Almada on Oct. 13.
Wavy ocean at Costa da Caparica in Almada on Oct. 13.Photographer: Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP via GEtty Images
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After a three-week journey around the Atlantic Ocean, Leslie was on track to hit Portugal with winds of near-hurricane force -- only the third time in 176 years that a storm this powerful has made it to the Iberian Peninsula.

Storm warnings cover Portugal, according to the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere. Leslie’s sustained winds fell to less than hurricane strength as it raced toward the coast at more than 30 mph. It is expected to make landfall within hours.