Cyclone Chapala nearing landfall over Yemen

Official blog of the Met Office news team

As reported in our blog last week, Cyclone Chapala formed in the Arabian Sea and became the second strongest cyclone on record in this region with estimated peak winds averaged over one minute of 155 mph. Only Cyclone Gonu in 2007 was more intense. Since then Chapala has weakened slightly, but still has winds in excess of 100 mph.

Chapala has been moving westwards and is now moving into the Gulf of Aden. Landfall is expected over Yemen early on Tuesday 3 November UK time with winds still expected to be at least of hurricane strength (75 mph or more). This region has climatologically very low annual rainfall totals (approximately 50 mm), but could receive several times this amount from the cyclone, which raises the possibility of flash flooding in areas not used to much rain. Although central and eastern Yemen has a relatively sparsely populated coastline, the city…

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