Luban to bring heavy down­pour in Dho­far, Al Wusta gov­er­norates

Schools in Dho­far to re­main closed to­day; di­rect im­pact to be felt on Satur­day

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The se­vere trop­i­cal storm Luban over Ara­bian Sea in­ten­si­fied into a very se­vere cy­clonic storm on Wed­nes­day with wind speeds of 119-137km/hr. The storm will bring iso­lated rains from Fri­day in Dho­far and Al Wusta gov­er­norates, while heavy down­pour with gale-force winds are ex­pected from Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The Direc­torate Gen­eral of Ed­u­ca­tion in Dho­far on Wed­nes­day an­nounced that schools will re­main closed on Thurs­day due to the trop­i­cal con­di­tion (Luban). The de­ci­sion has been taken in co­or­di­na­tion with the sub-com­mit­tee of civil de­fence in the gov­er­norate. This is to en­sure the safety of stu­dents and staff and within the frame­work of hav­ing schools in the gov­er­norate as tem­po­rary shel­ters for ci­ti­zens in co­or­di­na­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The Pub­lic Author­ity for Civil Avi­a­tion’s (PACA) Na­tional Multi Hazard and Early Warn­ing Cen­tre stated that Luban con­tin- ued to move to­wards the west­north­west di­rec­tion. “The gov­er­norates of Dho­far and Al Wusta have been af­fected by in­di­rect im­pact start­ing from Wed­nes­day with high sea waves of 3-4m and strong winds.”

It added, “Iso­lated rains are ex­pected from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, while the di­rect im­pact of the trop­i­cal cy­clone with heavy rains and strong winds are ex­pected to af­fect Dho­far and Al Wusta start­ing from Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 13) af­ter­noon. Also, max­i­mum wave height may reach 6m to 8m.”

The In­dian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment (IMD) in its evening bul­letin on Wed­nes­day stated that the very se­vere cy­clonic storm over the west­cen­tral Ara­bian Sea moved north­west­wards with a speed of 135-145km/hr dur­ing the past six hours and lay cen­tered at 1730 hrs IST (4pm Oman time), over west­cen­tral Ara­bian Sea, near lat­i­tude 14.4°N and lon­gi­tude 58.7°E, about 570km east-south­east of Salalah, Oman.

“It is very likely to in­ten­sify fur­ther and move west-north­west­wards to­wards Ye­men and south Oman coasts dur­ing the next four days,” IMD stated.

IMD added that gale-force winds reach­ing 120-130km/hr gust­ing to 145km/hr was pre­vail­ing over the west­cen­tral and ad­join­ing south­west Ara­bian Sea. “It is very likely to in­crease grad­u­ally be­com­ing 135-145km/hr gust­ing to 160km/hr by Oc­to­ber 11 evening over the west­cen­tral Ara­bian Sea around the sys­tem cen­tre. The wind speed is very likely to de­crease grad­u­ally over the south­west Ara­bian Sea from Oc­to­ber 11 on­wards.”

Ja­son Ni­cholls, se­nior me­te­o­rol­o­gist/in­ter­na­tional fore­cast­ing man­ager, Ac­cuWeather, said, “Luban can strengthen some­time be­fore mak­ing land­fall in eastern Ye­men this week­end. Some rain and wind is ex­pected in the Dho­far re­gion late on Fri­day into Sun­day, lo­cal time.”

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