Cyclone Chapala
Jeff Schmaltz—NASA
October 30, 2015 1:15 PM EDT

A category 4 storm is headed for the Arabian Peninsula and threatens to bring as much rain as the region sees in three or four years in the space of just one or two days.

Cyclone Chapala is gaining strength in the Arabian Sea, going from a tropical storm to a category 4 in about 24 hours, and may soon be upgraded to a category 5, the Weather Channel reports. (A cyclone is the same kind of storm as a hurricane, but goes under this different name in the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, according to USA Today.)

The storm is currently headed for the coasts of eastern Yemen and southwest Oman, and is expected to make landfall on Monday.

[The Weather Channel]

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