Cyclone Gonu is the strongest tropical cyclone on record in the Arabian
Sea, and is also the strongest named cyclone in the northern Indian
Ocean. The second named tropical cyclone of the 2007 North Indian Ocean
cyclone season, Gonu developed from a persistent area of convection in
the eastern Arabian Sea on June 1. With a favorable upper-level
environment and warm sea surface temperatures, it rapidly intensified
to attain peak winds of 240 km/h (150 mph) on June 3, according to the
India Meteorological Department. Gonu weakened after encountering dry
air and cooler waters, and early on June 6, it made landfall on the
eastern-most tip of Oman, becoming the strongest tropical cyclone to
hit the Arabian Peninsula. It then turned northward into the Gulf of
Oman, and dissipated on June 7 after making landfall in southern Iran.
Intense tropical cyclones like Gonu are extremely rare over the Arabian
Sea, as most storms in this area tend to be small and dissipate
quickly. The cyclone caused 50 deaths and about $4.2 billion in damage
(2007 USD) in Oman, where the cyclone was considered the nation's worst
natural disaster. Gonu dropped heavy rainfall near the eastern
coastline, reaching up to 610 mm (24 inches), which caused flooding and
heavy damage. In Iran, the cyclone caused 28 deaths and 216 million in
damage (2007 USD).
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