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Authorities on high alert as cyclone nears Sindh’s coastline


The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Sunday said Cyclone Biparjoy over east central Arabian Sea had further intensified into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm (ESCS)”.

It added that it had moved northward during the last 12 hours and was now near latitude 18.1N and longitude 67.5E.

The PDMA said the cyclone was at a distance of about 760km south of Karachi, 740km south of Thatta and 840km southeast of Ormara.

It continued that the system was “most likely to track further northward until June 14 morning”.

Then, it would recurve northeastward and cross between Keti Bandar in southeast Sindh and the Indian Gujrat coast on June 15 as a “very severe cyclonic storm”.

The Met department continued that the cyclone’s maximum sustained surface winds were 150-160km per hour.

It added that the cyclone’s gusts were as high as 180km/h around the system centre.

The PMD further said the sea conditions were “phenomenal around the system centre with [a] maximum wave height [of] 35-40 feet”.

“The favourable environmental conditions (sea surface temperature of 30-32C, low vertical wind shear and upper-level divergence) are supporting the system to maintain its intensity,” the department predicted.

The PMD said the system would approach towards southeast Sindh.

It forecast that widespread wind-dust and thunderstorm rain with some very heavy falls accompanied with squally winds of 80-100km/hour were likely in Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Tharparker and Umerkot districts from June 13 to 17.



Source:Express Tribune, MetOffice,NDMA

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