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Tropical Cyclone Sagar heads for rare landfall in Somalia

Tropical Cyclone Sagar moving west in the Gulf of Aden, toward 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.