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Nilofar likely to landfall in Sindh or Gujarat coasts

KARACHI: Cyclone Nilofar is steadily gaining strength and expected to hit India’s Gujarat and adjoining Sindh coastal belt of Pakistan on Saturday.

According to weather reports Cyclone Nilofar in the Arabian Sea has been about 750 miles south-southwest of Karachi.

On Tuesday morning, Nilofar had strengthened to the equivalent of a hurricane, with winds estimated at 105 mph, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Nilofar is expected to begin a track toward the north or north-northwest through late Tuesday under the steering influence of an upper-level high pressure system centered over southern India.

By mid-week, Nilofar will curl sharply and accelerate toward the east-northeast and on this track.
The cyclone is expected to weaken by the time it makes landfall somewhere along the coast of India’s Gujarat state or in southeast Pakistan, the report said.

Heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds in the Lower Sindh including Karachi, and coastal areas of Balochistan are expected from Wednesday night till Friday.

Pakistan’s Met office has also issued a marine warning, in effect from Wednesday until Friday, with all coastal operations to cease as Cyclone Nilofar’s trajectory sees it spin Northeast by October 30.

“The cyclone is likely to move further west-northwest ward (towards Oman Coast), then it would re-curve northeastward towards  coastal areas of Lower Sindh and Indian Gujarat, the met department said.

The sea conditions along Pakistan coast would be rough to very rough from Wednesday evening to Friday.

The fishermen of Sindh and Balochistan have been advised not to venture in open sea from Wednesday to Friday.

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