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Tropical Cyclone Keila Soaking Southern Arabia

By By Jim Andrews, Accuweather.com Senior Meteorologist
November 04, 2011, 10:26:00 AM EDT

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Tropical Cyclone Keila, an unusual visitor to Arabia, will unleash drenching rain as it hovers near the south coast of Arabia for the next day or so.

Flash flooding will be the greatest storm threat to life and property, as Keila's moderate intensity will preclude widespread high winds over land.

In southwestern Oman, Keila has already triggered rainfall of 50 to 100 mm (2 to 4 inches) in the area of Salalah and the port of Raysut. This amount is comparable to a normal year's rainfall. What is more, as much more rain could pelt the area before the storm dissipates along the coast near the Oman-Yemen border.

Tropical cyclones are rare events along the coast of Oman and Yemen. When they have made landfall, they have historically triggered flash flashing, as happened with severe, destructive Tropical Cyclone Gonu in June 2007.

Another cyclonic storm struck Yemen from the Gulf of Aden in October 2008, resulting in severe flooding.

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