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Oman braces for tropical storm, no direct impact on UAE

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Filed on October 9, 2018 | Last updated on October 9, 2018 at 09.18 am
Oman braces for tropical storm, no direct impact on UAE

(KT file)

The NCM is monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates accordingly.

A tropical storm named Luban is gaining strength in the Arabian Sea and is expected to make a landfall in Oman on Wednesday.

According to a release issued by Oman's Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) and published on their Twitter handle, the tropical storm Luban was expected to affect the Dhofar and Wusta governorates by today.


"The latest weather maps and analysis of the National Multi-Hazard Early Warning Centre indicate the concentration of the tropical storm Luban in the middle of the Arabian Sea. The wind speed around the centre is estimated at 35 to 40 knots (64 to 74kmph) and is about 940km away from Salalah," a PACA spokesperson quoted as saying by Times of Oman.

The storm was expected to head west-northwest within 48 hours.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Oman calls for the follow-up of weather reports and updates on the evolution of the meteorological situation, the notification said.

Luban might impact Balochistan, Karachi

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a warning that the storm Luban is gaining strength in the Arabian Sea. The tropical storm can have an impact on the coastal areas of Pakistan, including Pasni, Gwadar, Ormara. Meanwhile, it can also lead to an overcast, rainfall and heavy wind in Karachi, said PMD.

No impact in UAE fornext four days

The National Center of Meteorology excluded the possibility of direct influence on the UAE by a tropical storm in the Arabian Sea in the next four days.

The NCM announced in a press statement on Monday that all numerical models and forecasts show that the UAE will not be directly affected by the storm in the next four days.

Additionally, the NCM said that the tropical storm is expected to move northwest from the middle of the Arabian Sea towards Oman's coast. The cyclone has wind speeds from 70-80 kmph accompanied by convective clouds associated with rain.

The NCM is monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates accordingly. The Met expects that the wind speed will increase up to 100 kmph in the next 24 hours. NCM urged the public to ignore all rumours and wait for official reports and news updates.

Meanwhile, the weather is expected to befair in general today.

"Some low clouds will appear eastward by afternoon. The relative humidity will increase during the night and early morning, with a probability of fog or mist formation," the NCM said.

The highest temperature recorded over the country on Monday was 43.4 C in Saih Al Salem at 02:30pm, while the lowest temperature recorded over the country today morning was 19.7 C in Jais Mountain at 04:30am.

Sea will be slight to moderate in the Arabian Gulf and in Oman Sea.

The NCM has also issued a five-day weather forecast from Tuesday until Saturday.


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