Hurricane Leslie strongest storm in 176 years barrelling towards Portugal

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Hurricane Leslie, which is the strongest storm in 176 years is moving towards Portugal.

The government of Portugal has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Madeira Island.

However, Leslie is forecast to weaken slightly as it moves east toward the Iberian Peninsula on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The Category 1 hurricane is expected to produce dangerous winds, surf and heavy rainfall in Portugal and Spain on Saturday night and Sunday, the center said.

Leslie was located 580 miles (935 km) east of the Azores as it produced maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, the NHC said.

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