The Pakistan Meteorological Department on Saturday issued an alert for Cyclone Tauktae, it also predicted rainfall and gusty winds in part of Sindh from May 17 (Monday) to May 20 (Thursday).
According to a notification, the depression over the southeast Arabian Sea has intensified into a cyclonic storm and lay centered at a distance of about 1,460km south-southeast of Karachi.
“Maximum sustained winds around the system center are 70-90kmph, gusting to 100kmph. The system is likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12-18 hours and move in a north-northwest direction and reach Indian Gujarat by the morning of May 18,” it said.
Which parts of Sindh ‘Cyclone Tauktae’ might hit?
According to present environmental conditions and under the influence of this cyclone Tauktae system, widespread rain-dust/thunderstorm with few heavy to very heavy falls and gusty winds of 70-90kmph are likely to occur in Thatta, Badin, Thar, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot and Sanghar districts from May 17 to May 20 in Sindh.
“Rain-dust/thunderstorm with few heavy falls and gusty winds of 40-60kmph also likely in Karachi, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Shikarpur, Jacobabad and Dadu from May 18 to May 20.”
“Sea conditions will be rough to very rough and fishermen are advised not to venture in the sea between May 16 and May 20,” the Met department added.
In a separate notification, the Met department also issued a heatwave warning for Karachi from May 16 to May 17.
“Hot/very hot weather is likely to occur during the next two days. Day time maximum temperature may rise to 40-42 degrees Celsius and winds likely to blow from northeast/east especially on May 16 and May 17.”
“Tropical cyclone (Tauktae) has formed […] at a distance about 1,460km south-southeast of Karachi. Maximum sustained wind around the center 70-90kmph gusting to 100kmph,” it said.
In 2014, the Met Office had issued an alert for Cyclone Nilofar that its devastation could be massive. However, fortunately, nothing of that sort happened, and the cyclone subsided as soon as it hit Pakistani coastal areas.
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