MUCH of Spain is on full alert as Hurricane Leslie is expected to track across the county in a northeasterly direction either as a storm or tropical depression.
Forecaster Assaad Razzouk said: “Not only is this a rare trajectory, [this is] the first tropical system on record ever to do so.”
Spain’s national Met Office, AEMET, has issued a raft of severe orange and yellow weather warnings across the country for heavy rain, thunderstorms, strong winds and high coastal waters.
The emergency services have asked the public to take extra care – particularly if they’re on the roads.
During the morning Castilla y León, Extremadura and parts of western Andalucia will be buffeted by winds of around 100 km/h and heavy rain that, locally, could deposit more than 80 litres/m2.
Most regions and communities have issued warnings and preventive measures to minimise the effects from the storm.
In Sevilla all parks in the city were closed from 8pm on Saturday night.
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.
#Leslie seguirá generando intensas rachas de #viento mientras se desplaza hacia el nordeste. Fijaos como se intensifica el viento del este/sudeste en el Mediterráneo a medida que el ciclón se acerca. Todo ese aporte de vapor de agua generará grandes #tormentas #Aragón #Cataluña pic.twitter.com/0LpNORZU76
— Mario Picazo (@picazomario) October 14, 2018
The New #Climate Normal:
Europe will see a historic hurricane of its own today: #Leslie is set on a course for landfall, with Portugal as its target
— Assaad Razzouk (@AssaadRazzouk) October 13, 2018
— AllanWeather | New York (@AWxNYC) October 13, 2018