May 18, 2018

Tropical Cyclone Sagar heads for rare landfall in Somalia

Infrared satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Sagar on May 18, 2018. Credit:

Tropical Cyclone Sagar is taking a path that few storms have taken before, as the compact storm draws on energy from the Gulf of Aden. Forecasts call for Tropical Sagar to make landfall between Somalia and Djibouti on Friday night, eastern time.

Humanitarian concerns: Somalia is still in the midst of unrest, and U.S. military forces operate there and in neighboring Djibouti, where most of America's African counterterrorism operations are based. This storm threatens to dump a year's worth of rain in just one or two days, causing flooding that may displace thousands of people, depending on the exact landfall location.

This is not normal: Only a handful of tropical cyclones (a catchall term for tropical storms and hurricanes) have taken this path and survived by threading the needle between the Arabian Desert and the desert of eastern Africa, each of which could stifle such a storm.

Be smart: Cyclone Sagar has survived by staying over water and remaining a small storm with a tight core of powerful thunderstorms. When it makes landfall, it's forecast to be close to hurricane intensity, though some computer models show it may grow even stronger.

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Spain and Italy extended lockdown deadlines on Monday, as Italy became the second country in the world to surpass 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.

The big picture: COVID-19 cases surged past 755,000 and the death toll topped 36,000 by Monday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy reported more than 11,500 total deaths.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Majority of governors order residents to stay home

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At least 29 state governors have ordered their residents to stay home to promote social distancing and limit community spread from the coronavirus pandemic as the U.S. copes with more than 144,000 positive cases — more than any other country in the world, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: COVID-19 killed over 2,500 people in the U.S. by Monday. That's far fewer than in Italy, where over 10,700 people have died — accounting for a third of the global death toll. The number of people who've recovered from the virus in the U.S. exceeded 4,800.

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