Leslie A Record Breaking Storm

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Sunday, October 14, 2018

Hurricane Leslie is no more, but is a storm for the record books.

Leslie was the strongest cyclone to hit the Iberian Peninsula since 1842 and one of the longest-lasting Atlantic hurricanes on record.

The storm formed on September 23 and dissipated on October 14 lasting for a duration of 2 weeks and 4 days.

On October 11, the Government of Portugal issued a tropical storm watch for Madeira Island, which was changed to a tropical storm warning six hours later. It was the first known tropical storm warning issued for that island in recorded history.

Madeira officials closed beaches and parks.

The threat of the storm caused eight airlines to cancel flights into Madeira. More than 180 sports matches on the island were canceled, more than half of which affecting the Madeira Football Association. The warnings were discounted on October 13 as Leslie moved away from the islands.

In Portugal there were red warnings for high winds or dangerous coastal conditions for 13 out of its 18 districts, including the capital Lisbon.

At 9:10 pm on October 13, Leslie made landfall in Figueira da Foz as a storm-force extratropical cyclone winds of 110 km/h. The country recorded winds up to 175 km/h, and it was affected by heavy rains and strong waves, leaving 300,000 homes without power.

The Team

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