Breaking: Mekunu to make landfall in few hours

Salalah:  The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) in its warning 6 said that the tropical Cyclone Mekunu will reach the coastal areas of Dhofar within few hours between 8pm and midnight, accompanied by strong winds, thundershowers and rainfall in the range of 200 to 600 mm, causing flash floods. The indications are that the cyclone centre may weaken and pass the coastal areas of Dhofar as category 1. 

In the Warning 6 bulletin , PACA said the cyclone centre is located 57km away from Salalah city with a wind speed ranging between 85 to 90 knots.

The Sea state will be rough in Dhofar and Al Wusta with a wave height of 8 to 12 meters causing floods in low lying levels due to rising sea levels, while in the South Sharqiyah it will be around 3 to 5 metres.

Warning 5

The National Multi Hazard and Early Warning Centre said in a latest statement that Cyclone Mekunu has intensified into Category 2 with a wind speed ranging between 85 to 90 knots.

In its latest bulletin (Warning 5), the centre said the cyclone is located 150km away from the Salalah City and the main convective clouds band is 40km from the coasts.

The main convective clouds band is expected to reach the coastal areas of Dhofar on Friday morning accompanied by strong winds and rainfall in the 200 to 600 mm and flash floods.

The Sea state will be rough in Dhofar and Al Wusta with a wave height of 8 to 12 meters causing floods in low lying levels due to rising sea levels, while in the South Sharqiyah it will be around 3 to 5 metres.