A storm in the middle of the desert brings five years of rain in one day

<span class="entry-title-primary">Furacão em pleno deserto traz chuva de cinco anos em um dia</span> <h2 class="entry-subtitle">Ciclone Shaheen fez história ao atingir Omã com inundações e deslizamentos de terra em uma das áreas mais áridas do planeta</h2>

Vehicles isolated in floods after Tropical Cyclone Shaheen passed over the city of Al-Musanah in northern Oman on Monday. Mohamed Mahjoub/AFP/Metsul Meteorology

In one of the world’s most recognizable desert regions, a hurricane brought five years of rain in just one day. Cyclone Shaheen made history yesterday when it touched land between Al Masnah and Al-Suwaiq in Oman, about 80 km west-northwest of the capital Muscat.

The tropical cyclone (which was a hurricane and is not named in the region because it occurs outside the Atlantic or eastern Pacific) weakened to a Category 1 minimum intensity just before making landfall, but caused flooding in the middle of the desert. made.

Al-Khaboura, northwest of the Omani capital Muscat, received 369 mm of rain, while Muscat itself recorded over 200 mm of rain, officials said.

The average October rainfall for Muscat is 0.8 mm and the average annual rainfall is 89.7 mm. Suwaik. Recorded 253.2mm volume in 24 hours [Al ​​Suwaiq], south of Sohar. average annual rainfall in area that is very dry is about 100 mm.

According to Yale Climate Meteorologists, Few tropical cyclones have been recorded in the Gulf of Oman to date and none as far west as Shaheen.. The most powerful, Cyclone Gonu, made landfall in the western Arabian Sea in June 2007 as a Category 5 storm. It was the most intense on record in the region. Gonu caused more than $4 billion in damage, mainly in Oman, and caused at least 78 deaths. In 2010, Cyclone Phet followed a nearly identical trajectory toward eastern Oman and caused more than $800 million in damage and 24 deaths.

Shaheen’s strong winds also created waves of up to ten meters along the coast. There was widespread flooding off the northern coast of Oman yesterday as the storm hit the mainland, bringing heavy rain and winds up to 150 km/h. Omani authorities reported seven deaths in al-Batina province. Four others drowned or died in landslides on Sunday.

In Iran, state media said the bodies of two fishermen were found. There are three other fishermen unaccounted for off the coast of Sistan-Baluchistan province in the country’s southeast. Infrastructure, including electrical installations and roads, was also damaged in the cyclone’s path through Iran.

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