Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | Sha'ban 28, 1444 H
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Breaking: Cyclone Shaheen makes landfall; torrential rains reported

Muscat: The tropical cyclone Shaheen has started making landfall between wilayats of Al Musanah and Al Suwaiq with torrential rains and heavy winds with speeds ranging from 120-150km/hr, a statement from the Oman News Agency said.

The tropical cyclone Shaheen has been downgraded to a tropical storm with winds around the center from 55 to 63 knots (102 to 116km), and direct effects with heavy rain and high-speed winds on most of the wilayats of the North and South Al Batinah governorates.

Earlier in the day, three people, including a child died in Oman as the cyclone Shaheen battered the sultanate with heavy rain and strong winds.

Oman's wadis governorate are overflowing and streets in severals, including Muscat, are inundated as Shaheen dumped rain ahead of its landfall expected between Saham and al Musannah region.

Oman Observer photographer based in the wilayat of Barka said the whole region started experiencing torrential rains and strong winds.

Heavy rain ranging between 200 and 500 millimeters with severe flash floods reported from across governorates of North al Batinah, South al Batinah, Muscat, al Dhahira, al Buraimi , al Dakhliya and the coastal areas of South al Sharqiya.

The influences may extend to the Governorates of Musandam, North and South AL Sharqiya with isolated rain (30-70) millimeters and heavy to moderate winds (15-25 knots), said the Met report.

Sea condition is expected to be very rough over the coastal areas between South Al-Shargiya to Musandam Governorates with maximum wave height ranging between 8 and 12 meters. In addition to storm surge might cause seawater inundation of low-level coastal areas. The sea state will be moderate to rough along the rest of Omani coasts with maximum wave height between 2 and 3 meters.

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