Nov 3, 2015

Historic Cyclone Chapala ravages coastal Yemen with catastrophic flash flooding

Al Mukalla
Yemen
by
Angela Fritz
,
Washington Post
Cyclone Chapala flooded the coastal cities of Yemen with at least five years worth of rain when it made landfall early Tuesday morning. Photo: NOAA, EUMETSAT
Cyclone Chapala flooded the coastal cities of Yemen with at least five years worth of rain when it made landfall early Tuesday morning. Photo: NOAA, EUMETSAT

Cyclone Chapala made landfall in Yemen early Tuesday, becoming the first hurricane-strength storm on record to do so...Tropical cyclones are not uncommon in the Arabian Sea — on average a few weak to moderately strong storms spin up each year. However, cyclone landfalls in this region are rare. Cyclone Chapala is the first known hurricane-strength storm to make landfall in Yemen since modern records began there in the 1940s, and just the third hurricane on record to make landfall across the entire Arabian Peninsula.