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Cyclone Chapala roars into Yemen

Cyclone Chapala, the second-strongest cyclone on record in the Arabian Sea, made landfall at Category 1 strength to the west of Al Mukalla, Yemen, on Tuesday, AccuWeather reported.

Chapala brought heavy rains, winds and flash flooding to the country. Photos and videos on social media showed massive flooding in Al Mukalla.

The storm dumped enormous amounts of rainfall on the arid coast – as much as a decade’s worth, according to reports from the Weather Channel.

According to a tweet from Iona Craig, an independent journalist in Yemen, preliminary reports from Chapala’s landfall included 25 people injured, 21 missing, 57 homes destroyed and over 2,100 families displaced.

The cyclone killed three people Sunday on the remote Yemeni island of Socotra about 230 miles off the coast, local security officials told the Associated Press.

While the storm had winds of Category 3 hurricane strength Monday, it had weakened to Category 1 by Tuesday. It peaked as a Category 4 cyclone over the weekend.

As of late Tuesday Yemen time, Chapala had weakened to a tropical storm with winds of 63 mph, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center said.

Source: USA Today

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