Oman, Yemen prepare for hurricane-strength Cyclone Mekunu

Clay Curtis
May 26, 2018

The Directorate General of Meteorology in Oman have said that Mekunu is now a Category 2 cyclone with winds around 90knots /100mph and gusts of 110knots /127mph and its likely to make landfall near that strength. Strong winds knocked over street lights and tore away roofing.

The meeting also discussed measures to provide aid to residents of three provinces in southeast Yemen also hit by the cyclone.

Many holidaymakers fled the storm Thursday night before Salalah International Airport closed. The holiday destination's now-empty tourist beaches were littered with debris and foam from the churning Arabian Sea.

The Royal Oman Police said that a 12-year-old girl was killed when the storm threw a door into her head.

The Yemeni high relief agency met with worldwide humanitarian organisations in Aden late Thursday to discuss the situation, the country's Saba news agency reported.

The officials said heavy rains pummeled Yemen's easternmost province of al-Mahra, along the nation's border with Oman.

In a bulletin issued on Wed-nesday, IMD stated, "Mekunu is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours".

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The NCM had earlier said the Cyclone Mekunu - that is tearing through Salalah in Oman - will not reach the UAE.

Oman's Public Authority for Civil Aviation assured the public it's monitoring the storm and will issue updates as it progresses.

TSR in its report has still maintained the Red Alert for Oman and Salalah with Cat 1 probability.

Salalah and the surrounding area received almost 11in (278mm) of rain, almost three times its annual amount.

On Socotra, authorities relocated over 230 families to sturdier buildings and other areas, including those more inland and in the island's mountains, Yemeni security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

Socrotra is now embroiled in another kind of storm, as tensions between the Yemeni government and the United Arab Emirates over the presence of Emirati troops on the island recently reached a head.

Since 2015, Yemen has suffered under a devastating war, as the internationally backed government and its allies in the coalition battle the Iran-aligned Houthis.

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