Tropical storm to hit the Sultanate

30 Jun 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Citizens in the Sultanate, including Muscat, can look forward to some rain over the next few days bringing relief from the heat after a tropical depression formed in the Arabian Sea and is tracking towards Oman.

In a statement. the Oman Meteorology Department, said there was a strong chance of thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds of up to 37kp/h to 46kp/h.

However, wind gusts in certain areas could be considerably higher, the department added.

According to a forecast from the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) and Tropical Storm Risk Centre, tropical storm 02A is expected to reach Oman at about midnight tonight (June 30).

The latest satellite pictures show that the low-pressure area developed in the north of the Arabian Sea and was slowing tracking towards the Sultanate.

On Tuesday, the JTWC said the eye of the storm, called Tropical Cyclone Two, was 455km from Muscat.

Residents of Masirah and Sur were badly hit by tropical storm Ashobaa in June 2015, during which rapid evacuation was required for people living in low-lying areas.

Up to 231 millimetres of rain was recorded in Masirah during Ashobaa.

Meanwhile, the Oman Meteorology Department has also forecast dust storms for Buraimi, Fahud, Ibra, Qarn Alam, Adam, Yanqual, Shinas, Saham, Liwa and Al Khaburah.

Residents of Salalah and Bahla have been experiencing moderate to heavy rains in the past week. The rains also marked the arrival of the Khareef season in the Wilayat of Dhofar, which has seen temperatures plummet to a very moderate 27 degrees Celsius.

Isolated thunderstorms in Salalah in the wake of the tropical storm, are also predicted. “The skies over Dhofar, Al Wusta and south Al Sharqiyah governorates will be cloudy with chance of isolated rain,” the Oman Meteorology Department added.

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