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By Eric Leister – AccuWeather

Tropical Cyclone Chapala (04A) formed on Wednesday in the Arabian Sea between India and the Arabian Peninsula and has since rapidly strengthened with winds equal to that of a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific Ocean.

Chapala is forecast to strengthen further with winds equal to that of a Category 5 hurricane by later Friday or Saturday and could become the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the northern Indian Ocean.

“Chapala is also on pace to become the strongest cyclone on record in the Arabian Sea,” Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls added. “The pressure of Chapala is 922 mb, close to the lowest pressure of Gonu, 920 mb, in 2007.”

This tropical system will have no direct impacts on India as steering winds from the east will result in a track toward Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

More continued reading and coverage at AccuWeather: Powerful Cyclone Chapala Targets Oman and Yemen

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By Eric Leister – AccuWeather

A pair of tropical systems could develop across the northern Indian Ocean this week with possible impacts for India, Bangladesh, Oman and Yemen.

The North Indian Ocean is now entering its second peak of the tropical season. This surge occurs during the months of October and November, following a period of less activity during the monsoon season that started in late May.

As warm ocean waters remain in the Bay of Bengal, a low pressure system is beginning to take shape near Sri Lanka to the southeast of India.

Continue reading at AccuWeather: Pair of Tropical Threats in Indian Ocean; India, Oman and Yemen on Alert

A recent stretch of unsettled weather across the Middle East is expected to continue through at least the middle of the week.

The wild weather ranged from strong thunderstorms in Afghanistan to flooding in southern parts of the Arabian Peninsula to hail storms across northern Saudi Arabia.

The unsettled weather began almost a week ago when a thunderstorm brought heavy rain, wind and damaging hail to southern Afghanistan. The storm hit a military base damaging about 50 helicopters, according to a service member at Kandahar Airfield.

The bad weather was not limited to southern Afghanistan, as parts of the north experienced flash flooding that resulted in at least 20 deaths and destroyed thousands of homes.

Flash flooding was a major issue from Yemen into southern Saudi Arabia and Oman since last week, as several rounds of heavy rainfall targeted the region.

Flash flooding across Oman forced the Royal Oman Police (ROP) into action as helicopter rescues were increased in frequency over the weekend. More than 50 people were rescued by the aircraft.

Reports from the ROP indicate that at least 12 people have died in the rounds of flash flooding in the past week.

In Yemen, heavy rainfall led to flash flooding in the capital city of Sana’a which in turn led to travel problems.

Another round of stormy weather erupted across northern Saudi Arabia over the weekend as storms blanketed the ground with hailstones around the city of Ha’il. Rainfall amounts totaled more than an inch on Saturday, surpassing the monthly average for all of April in a single day.

AccuWeather-Wild Weather Wreaks Havoc in Middle East.