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Cyclone killed 14 on Yemeni island, officials say
by Staff Writers
Aden (AFP) Nov 10, 2015

Kate becomes fourth hurricane of Atlantic season
Miami (AFP) Nov 11, 2015 - Kate became the fourth hurricane of the Atlantic season on Wednesday as the storm moved across open seas far from land, US forecasters said.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds swirled at 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour about 260 miles north of Bermuda, the US National Hurricane Center said in an 0900 GMT bulletin.

Though the storm remained far from the British overseas territory, "swells from Kate will begin to affect Bermuda this morning and continue through the remainder of today," the NHC said.

"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions."

Kate, which was moving northeastward at 75 miles per hour, is expected to lose tropical characteristics by Thursday but remain a powerful cyclone during that time.

It is the 11th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through the end of November.

The most powerful storm of the season so far was Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 4 storm that punished the Bahamas in early October and caused the sinking of a cargo ship with 33 crew members aboard.

Until then, the deadliest was Tropical Storm Erika, which killed 30 people and wreaked extensive damage in the small Caribbean island of Dominica in August.

Cyclone Megh has killed 14 people on war-ravaged Yemen's Socotra island, the second rare tropical storm to hit the Arabian Peninsula country in days, officials said.

A statement said Megh caused "14 deaths including two women and two children, and injured dozens of people".

A previous toll from the storm hitting Socotra put the death toll at six.

The Arabian Sea island is located 350 kilometres (210 miles) off the Yemeni mainland.

The UN's humanitarian agency OCHA said Megh appeared to be getting weaker as it made landfall early Tuesday on the Yemeni mainland.

"A thousand houses collapsed and some 2,000 others were damaged" on Socotra, and hundreds of fishing boats were damaged and many livestock animals killed, officials said.

Heavy rain and strong winds also took Socotra's port out of service and caused extensive damage to the island's roads, 80 percent of which became impassable.

Around 800 residents of a small island near Socotra were evacuated to the neighbouring province of Hadramawt on the mainland, a rights activist told AFP.

Cyclone Megh caused panic and prompted appeals for help for residents on Socotra, already badly battered by last week's cyclone Chapala.

Fisheries Minister Fahd Kavieen, who is from Socotra, urged the United Nations and neighbouring Oman on Sunday to "urgently intervene with emergency teams to save residents" on the island "which is now facing a cyclone stronger than Chapala".

World Meteorological Organization spokeswoman Clare Nullis said Friday that tropical cyclones are extremely rare over the Arabian Peninsula, and two back-to-back was "an absolutely extraordinary event".

Chapala killed eight people in southeastern Hadramawt province.

OCHA said Tuesday that Gulf monarchies had sent at least 17 planeloads of humanitarian aide to Socotra in the wake of the storms.

Yemen has been riven by conflict since Iran-backed rebels seized control of the capital Sanaa in September last year and later advanced into other areas.

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