by Associated Press May 24 at 10:40 a.m.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The latest in Cyclone Mekuni (all times):
Images The videos and photographs, which turned viral on Thursday, showed strong spiral winds over the Middle East. The images and videos, which became viral on Thursday, circulated online from the island of Socotra, in Yemen, where wet residents try to take refuge from Cyclone Mekunu. island and rain, flash floods and landslides.
Socotra, cataloged by UNESCO as a world heritage site, has a unique ecosystem and hosts rare species of plants, land snails and reptiles, many of which are nowhere to be found. in the planet.
Meteorologists expected the "very severe" cyclone to hit 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.
9:45 a.m.  The Yemeni island of Socotra has been hit by Cyclone Mekunu, which is on its way to attack Oman this weekend.
The Indian Meteorological Department said in a bulletin on Thursday morning that the storm was about 190 kilometers east-northeast of the island of Socotra.
The department said the storm, now described as "very serious," was about 475 kilometers (about 295 miles) off the coast of Salalah, one of the largest cities in Oman.
There were no immediate words from Socotra.
The island, cataloged by UNESCO as a world heritage site, has been the center of a dispute between the United Arab Emirates and the internationally recognized Yemen government in the midst of the war in that country. Saudi troops recently deployed there.
Meteorologists anticipate that the storm will touch down near Salalah and neighboring Yemen on Saturday morning.
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