Portugal hit by hurricane-force winds from Hurricane Leslie

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Over 60 people were forced to leave their homes by the storm and over 300,000 people suffered power outages overnight, Luis Belo Costa of Portugal's National Protection Agency said.

Winds sent trees crashing on to cars and pavements in the Portuguese capital and in the northern city of Porto.

But state broadcaster RTP said Leslie's wind speeds reached 170 kph in the coastal town of Figueira da Foz, 200 kilometers north of Lisbon.

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Gusts of nearly 100km/h were recorded near the city of Zamora early on Sunday, but winds have now lessened.

Hurricane Leslie had formed on 23 September but was downgraded to a tropical storm before it made landfall. Parts of western Spain are expected to receive tropical storm-force winds.

Extremadura has also asked its citizens to be very careful if they travel on the roads, warning of possible landslides, flooding of roads and also warned people not to park in dry riverbeds.

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The storm, one of the most powerful to ever hit the country, is now passing over northern Spain.

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

Only Hurricane Vince has made landfall on the Iberian peninsula over the last 176 years, hitting southern Spain in 2005, according to weather records.

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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.

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