Category 1: Tropical Storm Shaheen moving towards coast of Sultanate, Oman Meteorology

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Muscat: Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued the Category 1 Alert on the tropical situation.

In a statement Oman Meteorology said: Latest Weather charts analysis at the National Multi Hazards Early Warning Center indicates that the tropical storm (Shaheen) is located northeast of Arabian Sea at longitude 64.4*E and latitude 23.3*N. The tropical storm continues to move towards the coastal areas of Oman Sea with estimated surface wind speed around the center between 34 to 63 knots (62 to 116 km/hr). The center of the storm is about 650 km away from Muscat Governorate and the convective clouds band associated with the storm is about 500km.

The storm is likely to further intensify into tropical cyclone (Category 1) During the next 24 hours and continue to move towards the coastal areas from Muscat to north Al Batinah govern orates and the storm is expected to make landfall on 3rd October 2021 evening time. The storm is expected to directly impact the coastal areas from Muscat to north Al Batinah govern orates starting from Sunday including strong winds and heavy rain ranging between 150 and 600 millimeters causing severe flash floods.

Rough seas are expected over the coastal areas between South Al-Sharqiya to Musandam Governorates starting gradually from tomorrow evening with maximum wave heigh ranging between 8 and 12 meters. In addition storm surge might cause sea water inundation over low level coastal areas. The sea state will be rough along the rest of Omani coasts with maximum wave height between 3.0 and 5 meters.

The Civil Aviation Authority advices the public to take proper precautions, stay away from the low lying areas and avoid crossing wadis. The Authority also advices the fisherman and sea goers to avoid venture into the sea and follow latest bulletins from the National Multi Hazard Early Warning Centre.

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