Cyclone Shaheen Alert: 320 km away from Muscat

Muscat: The Civil Aviation Authority issues Warning (1) on the tropical cyclone Shaheen.

In a statement CAA said: Latest satellite images and weather charts analysis at the National Multi hazards early warning center indicates that the tropical cyclone (Shaheen) located at longitude 61.8*E and latitude 24.2*N. The tropical cyclone continues to move towards the coastal areas of Oman Sea with estimated surfaces wind speed around the center between 64 to 75 knots (116 to 150km/hr). The center of the cyclone is about 320km away from Muscat Governorate and the closest convective clouds band associated with the cyclone is about 190 km.

The indirect effects have started along the coasts of the governorates of South Al Sharqiyah and Muscat with waves height (3-5) meters associated with clouds advection and scattered rains. Meteorological stations have recorded wind speed (10-20) knots. The cyclone is expected to continue in its movement toward the coast of north Al Batinah. The direct impacts will starts from tomorrow Sunday morning time including strong winds (30-60) knots and heavy rain ranging between 200 and 500 millimeters causing severe flash floods over governorates of North Al Batinah, South Al Batinah, Muscat, Al Dhahira, Al Buraimi, Al Dhahira, Al Buraimi, Al Dakhliya and the coastal areas of South Al Sharqiya. The influences may extend to the Governorates of Musandam, North Al Sharqiya with isolated rain (30-80) millimeters and heavy to moderate winds (15-25) knots.

Sea condition is expected to be very rough over the coastal ares between South Al Sharqiya to Musandam Governorates with maximum wave height 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 Oman coasts with maximum wave height between 3 and 5 meters.

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