Yemeni families stand in the remains of houses in a neighbourhood affected by Tropical Cyclone Sagar, in the port city of Hodeidah, on May 19, 2018. Tropical Cyclone Sagar made landfall in Yemen late in the morning on May 19. / AFP / ABDO HYDER
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Cyclone Mekunu pounded the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea on Thursday morning, lashing it with heavy rain and strong winds as the powerful storm remained on path to strike Oman this weekend.With winds gusting up to 155 kph (96 mph), meteorologists expected the "very severe" cyclone to strike Oman on Saturday near Salalah, the sultanate's third-largest city and home to some 200,000 people near the country's border with Yemen.It said gusts from the storm will likely reach 185 kph (115 mph) by Saturday.Over a roughly 100-year period ending in 1996, only 17 recorded cyclones struck Oman.However, that cyclone was categorized as a Category 1 hurricane, meaning it only had winds of up to 95 mph (152 kph).
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