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'Tauktae' not likely to have impact on Oman: Met

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Muscat: The Oman Meteorology office on Sunday said that the tropical storm Tauktae is not likely to have any impact on Oman for the next three days.


The National Multi-Hazard Early Warning Centre analysis indicates that the tropical cyclone (Tauktae) east of the Arabian Sea today (May 16, 2021) near latitude 72.2 E and longitude 15.0 N with estimated surface wind speed around the center (70 — 80 knots) (130-150 km/h). It is expected to move adjoining to Indian coasts and further intensify to Tropical Cyclone Category 2 within next 24 hours."


It is expected to make landfall on the Indian/ Pakistani coasts on 1e May, without any impact on the Sultanate. The sea will be moderate to rough during the period 17-19 May 2021, along most of the coasts with expected wave height ranging between 2-4 meters, and inundation of seawater is expected over low laying coastal areas in association with high tides.


Met said the storm is likely to become a category-2 cyclone in the next 24 hours and continue to move along the western coasts of the Indian subcontinent.


Meanwhile, the ‘very severe’ storm, heading towards India's Gujarat, lashed Kerala on Saturday, killing two.


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