Luban intensifies into severe cyclonic storm

A meeting held by Dhofar Municipality to discuss preparedness

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The tropical storm Luban over Arabian Sea intensified into severe cyclonic storm on Tuesday with chances of it dumping heavy rain on Dhofar and Al Wusta from Friday afternoon. The storm will also lead to strong winds and rough sea state with maximum wave height between 6m and 8m.

In its bulletin, the Public Authority for Civil Aviation’s (PACA) National Multi Hazard and Early Warning Centre stated that Luban continued to move towards the west-northwest. “There will be an indirect impact of the system on Dhofar and Al Wusta starting from October 10 with chances of isolated rain and rising sea waves with maximum height between 4m and 6m.

“The two governorates might be affected with heavy rain and strong winds starting from Friday (October 12) afternoon, with rough sea state and maximum wave height between 6m and 8m,” it stated.

In its evening bulletin on Tuesday, the Indian Meteorological Department stated that Luban intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred at 1430 hrs IST (1pm Oman time) over the west central Arabian Sea, near Latitude 13.2°N and Longitude 60.0°E, about 760km east-southeast of Salalah and 660km east of Socotra Island. “It is very likely to further intensify and move west-northwestwards towards Yemen and south Oman coasts during the next four days.”

However, European and American weather forecast models predicted different routes for Luban on Tuesday. The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts stated that as the storm approaches south Oman, it will be steered by high pressure from the north and move southwest off Yemen to the Gulf of Aden and dissipate.

The American Global Forecast System predicted that the tropical storm will move west-northwest in the Arabian Sea, then move west with landfall on the Oman-Yemen border as a Category 3 (178-208 km/hr) storm. “It will then move southwest through Yemen as a subtropical cyclone and dissipate.”


Emergency meeting

Oman’s National Emergency Management Centre held a meting on Tuesday to discuss readiness to handle the impact of tropical storm. The centre said that it was continuing to enhance the resources and capabilities necessary to reduce the affects of the tropical situation. Also, the National Committee for Civil Defence in Dhofar and Al Wusta held two separate meetings to tackle the situation.


PACA advisory

PACA has advised people to follow its latest weather bulletins and reports and take full precautions before entering wadis and avoid low lying coastal areas.

Emergency numbers identified by the National Emergency Management Centre - 9999, 23234599 and 23234112.

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