(AccuWeather) Very Severe Cyclone Luban will bring the risk for widespread flooding along with mudslides and damaging winds to parts of Yemen in the coming days. Luban is the third cyclonic storm of the year in the Arabian Sea and is expected to become the first to make landfall in Yemen. The previous storms made landfall in Oman and Somalia; however, both storms brought impacts to Yemen. Nearly 300 people were killed by the two previous tropical cyclones.

Luban is expected to reach peak intensity by Friday. By this time, sustained winds over 140 km/h (87 mph) are expected. The cyclone will first pass just to the north of Socotra, but will still be close enough to bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to the island. The slow movement of Luban could result in downpours affecting the island into Saturday and bring a risk for flooding, mudslides and locally damaging winds. READ MORE