Warning! Pakistani citizens be aware of Cyclone Biparjoy is about to hit Karachi. As per the latest update, it’s now 600km away from Karachi.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Sunday said Cyclone Biparjoy over the east-central Arabian Sea had further intensified into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm (ESCS)”.
It’s one of the deadliest Cyclone Biparjoy, which triggered Karachi’s higher authorities to take strict precautions to prevent severe damage.
Up till now the latest update, 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.
Cyclone Biparjoy Karachi In Red Alert
The department continued that the system was “most likely to track further northward until June 14 morning”.
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 center.
The PMD said the cyclone’s maximum sustained surface winds were 160-180km per hour while gusts as high as 200km/h were around the system center. Sea conditions were “phenomenal around the system center with maximum wave height 35-40 feet”, it added.
“The favorable environmental conditions … are supporting the system to maintain its intensity,” the PMD said. The department added that its cyclone warning center in Karachi was continuously monitoring the system and would issue updates accordingly.
“Abdul Sattar Edhi Avenue has been closed at Sehr junction while traffic from Dolmen Mall, Clifton is being diverted to Khayaban-i-Ittehad via Saba Avenue,” South Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Syed Asad Raza told local Newspaper.
“However, traffic from Clock Tower towards Dolmen Mall has been allowed,” he said.
It further said that “dust/thunderstorm-rain with few heavy falls and accompanied with squally winds of 60-80km/h” were likely in Karachi, Hyderabad, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allayar, Shaheed Benazirabad, and Sanghar districts from June 14 to 16.
“Squally (high-intensity) winds may cause damage to loose & vulnerable structures (kutcha houses), including solar panels, etc,” the department said.
Karachi Seaview and other areas have been blocked. Last year, Gulab Cyclone announced that it might hit Karachi badly, but netizens made fun of it as it didn’t come closer to Karachi.
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