"The situation is extremely critical," eight missing hundreds of others evacuated as Cyclone Mekunu hit Yemen's island of Socotra
May 23, NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible light image of
image showed the low-level centre of circulation southeast of Masirah
band of thunderstorms in the western quadrant stretched over the
island and skirted Oman’s mainland coast.
people were missing and hundreds of others evacuated from their homes
as Cyclone Mekunu hit Yemen's island of Socotra on Wednesday night.
of the missing were crew on board a boat that sank in the Arabian Sea
and are suspected to be dead.
least three vessels have gone off the radar, a source told The
cyclone has caused severe flooding and damage to houses, bringing
with it strong winds and thunderstorms.
situation is extremely critical," said the former governor of
the island, Salem Abdullah Al Socotri.
roads are flooded, and we cannot get out of [the northern coastal
town] of Hadibu to see what is going on in other areas of the island.
the strong winds have intercepted telecommunications, so we are
Al Sacotri said the operations and control room in Hadibu received
information that a cargo ship sank about 80 kilometres off the shore
of the island.
to our data, the ship was coming from Mukalla, and we still don't
know whether or not the crew survived," he told The National.
homes of some residents in Socotra have been completely destroyed
after the cyclone hit the island.
families who had to evacuate their homes have gone to mosques and
schools for shelter because their mud-built residences had collapsed,
the structures were not strong enough," Abdulrahman Juman, a
Yemeni activist and volunteer, said.
Odd and Dangerous Mekunu Bears Down on Oman
(Discussion of how climate change has altered tropical cyclone formation and intensity dynamics in the Western Arabian Sea during 2018.)
The significant wave height leads me to think coastal flood potential is a real threat. At some point the water from waves crashing onshore does not have time to drain before the next wave hits. My gut feeling is that we could see a noticeable storm surge that is quite dynamic, with a lot of wave action and rapidly moving water. Expect wave heights to be tremendous.