Tropics finally quiet, with Hurricane Leslie bearing down on Portugal, Spain  10/13/2018 15:25:13  3  Cheryl McCloud

For the first time in weeks, the Atlantic is mostly quiet, with the only system out there being Hurricane Leslie, which is heading for the Iberian Peninsula in a hurry.

The quiet period is a welcome respite after category 4 Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle Wednesday, bringing devastating damage and widespread power outages.

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The National Hurricane Center's projections call for nothing to develop across the Atlantic basin over the next five days.

Hurricane Leslie

Leslie, which has been a named storm since Sept. 23, is forecast to die by Monday. Before then, the storm is expected to bring dangerous winds, surf and heavy rain to portions of Portugal and Spain later today and Sunday.

  • Location: 310 miles west-southwest of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph
  • Movement: east-northeast at 38 mph
  • Interactive map: Where is Leslie heading?

At 8 a.m., the center of Hurricane Leslie was located 310 miles west-southwest of Lisbon, Portugal.

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Leslie is moving toward the east-northeast near 38 mph.  A motion toward the east-northeast with a gradual decrease in forward speed is expected through Sunday.  

#Hurricane#Leslie has now been a named storm for 16 days - the 9th Atlantic named storm of the satellite era (since 1966) to generate >= 16 named storm days.

— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) October 13, 2018

On the forecast track, the center of Leslie will approach the  southwestern portion of the Iberian Peninsula today, and move inland over portions of Portugal and Spain tonight and Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph, with higher gusts.  Leslie is expected to transition into a hurricane-force post-tropical cyclone later today.  

Weakening is forecast after Leslie moves inland over the Iberian Peninsula later today or early Sunday, and the post-tropical cyclone is expected to dissipate by Sunday night or Monday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.

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