This October 30 , 2015 NASA satellite photo shows Tropical Cyclone Chapala in The Arabian Sea. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA
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A rare tropical cyclone packing hurricane-force winds killed three people and injured scores on the exotic Yemeni island of Socotra Monday and then headed towards a gas terminal and an Al-Qaeda-controlled town on the mainland.The World Meteorological Organization initially rated the storm, named Chapala, as "potentially very dangerous", but later on Monday downgraded it to "very severe" as sustained winds slowed marginally to 150-160 kmh (93-100 mph).The U.N. humanitarian office said it expected Chapala to be mostly felt in the southern coastal governorates of Shabwah and Hadhramaut, where 1.4 million of the 1.8 million population need humanitarian aid due to Yemen's ongoing war.The cyclone first hit Socotra, an island of rare natural beauty with a prehistoric feel -- hundreds of plant species found nowhere else on Earth -- 380 km (238 miles) off Yemen in the Arabian Sea.
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