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Cyclone Mekunu rolls ashore in Oman, threatening historic disaster

Satellite loop showing Tropical Cyclone Mekunu moving into Oman and Yemen on May 25, 2018.
Adapted from Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies; GIF: Harry Stevens/Axios

The full wrath of Tropical Cyclone Mekunu is moving across the coast of southwest Oman and northeastern Yemen on Friday.

The impact: No storm this strong has hit this area since reliable records began in the 1950s, and it's possible the damage from Mekunu will be billions of dollars. Due to a long-running civil war, Yemen does not have robust disaster response capabilities. Plus, the country is in the midst of one of the world's worst cholera outbreaks, which could be exacerbated by this year's rainy season. Oman, however, has more robust response capabilities, but still may be overwhelmed by this event.