Cyclone Chapala Remains a Powerful Storm in the Arabian Sea; Rare Destructive Landfall Threat to Yemen, Oman | The Weather Channel

Cyclone Chapala: Current Status

Cyclone Chapala Remains a Powerful Storm in the Arabian Sea; Rare Destructive Landfall Threat to Yemen, Oman
Published Oct 30 2015 10:44 PM EDT
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Historic Storm in Arabian Sea

Cyclone Chapala could bring high winds and heavy rain to parts of the deserts in the Mideast

Cyclone Chapala became the strongest tropical system so far south in the Arabian Sea on record and may make an unprecedented landfall at hurricane strength along the coast of Yemen or southwest Oman in the days ahead.

Chapala rapidly intensified and had estimated winds as strong as a high-end Category 4 early Friday. Some further decrease in intensity are expected over the next day or so as the system gradually weakens.

Cyclone Chapala: Current Status

Cyclone Chapala: Current Status

The latest location, estimated wind speed, and infrared satellite image of Cyclone Chapala, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

While direct measurements from reconnaissance aircraft are not available over the Arabian Sea, Chapala’s rate of intensification from a high-end tropical storm to a high-end Category 4 storm in 24 hours ending 2 a.m. EDT Friday morning was quite impressive for this part of the world.

Cyclone #Chapala: 80 knots of intensification in the past 24 hours. Impressive for Arabian Sea. (Images: EUMETSAT) pic.twitter.com/7d0DB4y5oI
— Jonathan Erdman (@wxjerdman) October 30, 2015

Tropical cyclones in the Indian Ocean basin, which includes the Arabian Sea, are simply known in English as “cyclones” or “cyclonic storms” regardless of strength. There are no special terms such as “hurricane” or “typhoon” applied based on reaching a certain intensity, but the India Meteorological Department does apply various adjectives such as “severe” or “very severe” to describe different intensity levels.

via Cyclone Chapala Remains a Powerful Storm in the Arabian Sea; Rare Destructive Landfall Threat to Yemen, Oman | The Weather Channel.

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