Tropical Cyclone 02A threatens Gulf of Aden

By by's Gina Cherundolo.
May 21, 2010, 9:58:31 AM EDT

Tropical Cyclone 02A has formed in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Somalia. This system could bring heavy flash flooding to Yemen by the weekend.

The storm has already lashed Socotra Island, Yemen, with torrential downpours and high winds.

If the storm continues on its predicted track, it should impact the coast of mainland Yemen, with the biggest impact occurring Saturday into Sunday.

The arid climate could experience very heavy rainfall, which could lead to flash flooding.

Despite the threat of flash flooding, the storm is bringing beneficial rain to the region.


The storm began as a cluster of thunderstorms that strengthened into a tropical cyclone Wednesday. On Friday, the strength of the cyclone was equivalent to that of a tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin.

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