Muscat, Latest observations and satellite imageries showed development of the deep depression to a tropical storm in the Arabian Sea. Surface wind speed around its centre estimated by 34 to 40 knots. The storm is centered southwestern the Arabian Sea at latitude 9.5N and longitude 57E. The centre of the storm is about 900 km from Salalah city while the nearest convective clouds are about 400 km from Salalah city, the National Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (NMHEWS) said.

NMHEWS added that weather maps and numerical weather prediction indicate potential clouds advection and scattered rains starting from Thursday morning. The centre of the storm to approach closer to coasts of the Governorate of Al Wusta and Dhofar next Friday and Saturday with heavy rains, thunderstorms and gusty winds. Rough sea expected along coasts of the Governorates of Al Wusta and Dhofar as wave height will range from 5 to 8 meters.

The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) advices all to exercise caution, avoid crossing wadis and avoid venturing into the sea during this period. Ito also advices all to follow the weather bulletins and reports.

Source: Oman News Agency