Thursday, June 3, 2010

Phet to roar to Pakistan after Oman landing

Strong tropical cyclone brewing up in Arabian Sea is fast approaching Omani coastline, after which it will turn to Pakistan, Geo News reported Thursday.

The Cyclone Phet will downgrade its intensity after smashing into the Omani Sultanate; meanwhile, Karachi is expected to receive heavy downpours associated with strong gales in the afternoon today.

According to Met Department, the coastal areas in Muscat and Oman will
be lashed with showers in next 36 hours with Phet raging 900 kilometers to southwest of Karachi.

The cyclone is expected to gain more intensity during next 24 hours and turn to Sindh coastal areas today.

Rains are expected in Upper Punjab including Islamabad, Upper Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir in the next 24 hours; besides, gale-strong winds are likely in coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan.

The next three to four days in Lower Sindh areas are crucial with stormy gales and heavy rains predicted. The same is expected in Karachi.

According to Balochistan Met Department, the next 24 hours are extremely important for the coastal areas. The tropical storm is expected to lose its intensity; however, if the cyclone forges ahead with its force and strength intact, then Balochistan’s coastal areas including Marah, Pasni and Gwadar may be hit.

Storm’s intensity would be felt more in Sindh areas including Badin, Thatta and Karachi than Balochistan.

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