Update: Cyclone Mekunu 570km from Salalah

Muscat: The National Center for Multi-Hazard Early Warning has issued a statement on tropical storm turning into a tropical cyclone-Mekunu,  of the first degree .

The epicenter of the cyclone is about 570km from the city of Salalah, while the nearest block of convective clouds is about 80km from the coast. The wind speed around the center is estimated at 65 to 75 knots (117- 135 km / h).

Rough seas are predicted on the coasts of Dhofar and Al Wusta governorates with wave heights ranging from five to eight metres, while on the Sharqiyah coast, the wave height will be around three to four meteres.

The arrival of the tropical cyclone to the coasts of Dhofar and Al Wusta governorates can lead to heavy rains/thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds on Friday and Saturday.

PACA has urged everyone to take caution and not to risk crossing the wadis and stay away from low-lying places.