Tropical Storm Keila brought strong winds and heavy rains to the Arabian Peninsula at the beginning of November 2011. Times of Oman described flooded roads, parked vehicles swept away by water, and emergency evacuations of hospitals. On November 3, OneOman reported 14 deaths and at least 200 injuries from the storm.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on November 1. The center of the storm hovers just off the coastlines of Yemen and Oman, and storm clouds stretch hundreds of kilometers inland.
Observations by another NASA satellite, the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) indicated heavy rainfall resulting from Tropical Storm Keila. On November 3, the TRMM team reported that thunderstorms spawned by Keila produced about 5 centimeters (2 inches) of rain per hour off the coast of Oman.
- OneOman. (2011, November 3). Oman storm death toll rises to 14. Accessed November 4, 2011.
- Rejimon, K. (2011, November 3). It rains chaos. Times of Oman. Accessed November 4, 2011.
- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission. (2011, November 3). Top Story: TRMM sees weakening Tropical Storm Keila. Accessed November 4, 2011.
- Unisys Weather. (2011, November 2). Tropical Storm Keila. Accessed November 4, 2011.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.
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