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Cyclone ‘Gulab’ develops into ‘Shaheen’, heavy rain expected in coastal areas

Cyclone 'Shaheen' can cause widespread heavy rains along the coastal areas. Source: FILE. 

KARACHI: The Pakistan Meteorological Department has issued a weather advisory stating that a low-pressure area is likely to re-emerge over the Arabian Sea today (Wednesday) and cause widespread heavy rains along the coastal areas.

According to PMD, the low-pressure area described as “remnant of the cyclonic storm Gulab”, currently lying over central India, is likely to track in northwest direction (towards India’s Gujarat).

“The system is likely to re-emerge over the Northeast Arabian Sea by September 29 (Wednesday night)/September 30 (Thursday morning) and regain intensity due to favourable environmental conditions,” said the advisory.

The Met Office said that under its influence, there will be widespread rain-wind-thunderstorms with scattered heavy/very heavy falls, and extremely heavy at times, likely in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Tharparker, Umerkot, Sanghar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Noshero Feroz, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allah Yar, Dadu, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Shikarpur and Ghotki districts of Sindh from September 28 to October 2.

It said widespread rain-wind-thunderstorms with scattered heavy/very heavy falls, and extremely heavy at times, are also likely in Bela, Awaran, Kech, Makran and Panjgur districts of Balochistan between Thursday, September 30 and Sunday, October 3.

In this period, sea conditions would remain rough/very rough with occasional high surge in tides. Fishermen are advised not to venture in the sea from Thursday, September 30 to Saturday, October 3.

The advisory warned that torrential rains may generate urban flooding in Karachi, Badin, Thatta, Hyderabad, Dadu, Lasbela, Sonmiani, Ormara, Pasni, Gwadar, Turbat, and Jiwani. It also warned that windstorms “may cause damages to vulnerable structures”. All concerned authorities have requested to remain alert during the forecast period.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) also predicted that another cyclone ‘Shaheen’ could form over the Bay of Bengal after the cyclonic storm ‘Gulab’ has weakened into a depression.

It said that the cyclone Gulab which originated in the Bay of Bengal may be re-born as cyclone ‘Shaheen’ in 2-3 days. It must be noted that the name ‘Shaheen’ has been given by Qatar which is a part of the member countries for the naming of a tropical cyclone in the Indian Ocean.