Cyclone Maha Intensifies Into Severe Storm

Maha does't pose any direct threat to Pak coastal areas

KARACHI: Cyclone Maha is now gaining strength gradually and is likely to become a category 1 cyclone in next 24-36 hours.

According to Met experts, Cyclone Maha located approximately 301 nm southwest of Mumbai, India, and has tracked west-northwestward at 06 knots over the past six hours. The system will continue tracking along the southwest periphery of the subtropical ridge (str) to the  northeast up to tau 72. afterward, a deep shortwave trough digging in from the northwest will greatly weaken the str and cause tc 05a to deflect east-northeastward.

India’s coastal cities like Surat, Veraval, Bhavnagar have received moderate rains during last 24 hours, while the area of Kutch is expected to witness gusty winds and light rain. Experts believe that southern parts of Indian state of Gujarat may witness heavy rain from Nov 6 to Nov 8 due to Cyclone Maha.

Earlier reports indicated that the cyclone had impact on Kerala and surrounding areas, as at least one person was reported dead, five injured and more than two thousands shifted to safer places.

Although the cyclone poses no direct threat to any coastal area of Pakistan, Met Dept officials said they were regularly monitoring the intensity and track of this tropical cyclone.

Meanwhile, Cyclone Kyaar has weakened over last few hours and has now been downgraded as depression, bringing flooding Rains for Coast of Somalia, parts of UAE like Kalba and surrounding areas. Cyclone Kyarr resulted in road closures and 20 families being moved to hotel apartments due to flooding in Kalba this week.

UAE Met experts believe water surges could return to the UAE’s east coast from Monday during an expected period of high tide under the influence of Cyclone Maha. More than 60 thousand people are expected to stand exposed to tropical conditions in the area, with winds upto 150km/hr.

It is pertinent to mention here that shipping in the Arabian Sea has suffered badly due to Cyclone Kyarr, which has been designated as most powerful cyclone ever in the area. Kyarr slowly moved north west toward Oman and in the general direction of the Strait of Hormuz, a vital waterway for the transit of global oil supplies where the daily flow of oil last year averaged 21 million barrels per day.

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