KARACHI: Karachi received sporadic showers as cyclone Nanauk is likely to landfall the coastal areas of Oman this Sunday, ARY News reports.
Emergency has been declared in the coastal belt of Sindh including Karachi after the metreological department issued a cyclone alert.
Several mogtorcyclists injured in traffic mishaps on slippery roads of Karachi caused by the light showers and drizzling in the city.
The weather pundits forecasting more rainfall in coastal areas in the next 24 hours.
Evacuation was started in some coastal areas that were inundated by surging sea water.
Section 144 has also been imposed at all beaches of the city and authorities have warned fishermen against going into deep sea while rescuers are making efforts to rescue those already stuck in the bad weather.
Various coastal areas including Manora, Mubarak Village, Ibrahim Hyadri and other areas facing surge in tidal waves and people threatened by tropical cyclone TC 02A Nanauk are evacuating.
According to reports dozens of villages in the coastal line of Thatta have been submerged by the high tide in the Arabian Sea, preceding a cyclone which is predicted to hit the coast of Oman on June 15.
Tropical Cyclone Nanauk on Thursday changed its predicted course slightly towards the north, baffling forecasters about its track and intensity.
The cyclone, initially expected to make landfall in Oman between Ras Al Hadd and Ras Madrakah, has appeared to be tilted towards the Al Ashkharah, north of Masirah Island, and even further north towards the Ras Al Jinz in the north-east of the country, according to the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC).
The slight tilt in the course had sent waves towards the Pakistani coast that submerged various low-laying areas.
According to the UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) the Tropical Cyclone is still 700km away from the Oman’s Masirah Island in the Arabian Sea, with no immediate threat to Oman or the UAE. There are forecasts of the cyclone getting downgraded to a deep depression upon making landfall in Oman.
This depression, said the forecasters, will cause heavy rain along with winds of 50 to 80km/h. Its surface wind is 45-55km.
Oman’s Directorate General of Air Navigation and Meteorology (DGMAN) expects heavy rain in Muscat on Saturday and Sunday. The NCMS said on Thursday that the weather models and charts do not show any direct effect to the UAE, at least for the next three days.
Hassan said a tropical cyclone in the Arabian Sea occurs when the sea surface temperature rises above 26°C and monsoon winds withdraw from over the Arabian Sea. This normally occurs in the first week of June as in the past two strong typhoons hit Oman — cyclone Gonu in June, 2007 and Phet in June, 2010.