Luban to make land­fall in Ye­men to­day, more rains likely

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Luban lost some in­ten­sity on Satur­day as it was down­graded to a trop­i­cal storm from a very se­vere trop­i­cal storm with the like­li­hood of it gain­ing strength again at the time of hit­ting the Ye­meni coast be­tween Mukalla and Al Ghaidah on Sun­day.

Al­though spar­ing Oman from a di­rect on­slaught, Luban brought oc­ca­sional thun­der­show­ers across Dho­far on Satur­day with heavy rains ex­pected on Sun­day in the gover­norate ac­com­pa­nied by strong winds rang­ing be­tween 56km/hr and 83km/hr. With fur­ther rains ex­pected on Sun­day, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion an­nounced that it is sus­pend­ing classes in all schools in Dho­far.

“All schools in the Dho­far gover­norate will re­main closed on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14, in the wake of un­sta­ble weather con­di­tions due to trop­i­cal storm Luban. Classes will re­sume on Mon­day,” the min­istry stated.

The trop­i­cal storm Luban re­mained over the west­cen­tral Ara­bian Sea mov­ing nearly west­wards dur­ing Satur­day morn­ing and lay cen­tred over the west­cen­tral Ara­bian Sea, near lat­i­tude 14.9°N and lon­gi­tude 55.2°E. This is about 260km south­south­east of Salalah and 350km east-south­east of Al Ghaidah (Ye­men) and 640km east­north­east of Riyan (Mukalla).

“Dho­far gover­norate is likely to be af­fected by heavy rain with thun­der­show­ers on Sun­day with strong winds of 30-45knots (56- 83km/hr) and gust­ing to gale winds over the moun­tain­ous ar­eas. The sea con­tin­ues to be rough with max­i­mum wave height of 6-8m,” the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Civil Avi­a­tion’s Na- tional Multi Haz­ard Early Warn­ing Cen­tre stated on Satur­day. “The chances of in­di­rect im­pact on the south­ern parts of Al Wusta con­tin­ues with scat­tered rain and winds of 25 to 30 knots (46-56km/hr) ex­pected on Sun­day,” it said.

The In­dian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (IMD) in its evening bul­letin on Satur­day stated that ‘the storm is very likely to move west-north­west­wards and cross the Ye­meni coast be­tween Riyan (Mukalla) and Al Ghaidah (Ye­men), close to 15°N dur­ing noon/af­ter­noon of Oc­to­ber 14, as a se­vere cy­clonic storm’. Con­tin­ued on

Schools in the Dho­far gover­norate to re­main closed to­day: Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion

“Gale-force winds reach­ing 100110km/hr gust­ing to 125km/hr is very likely along and off Ye­men and ad­join­ing south Oman coasts at the time of land­fall,” IMD added.

PACA warned peo­ple to take all pre­cau­tions be­fore ven­tur­ing out. “Due to po­ten­tial of heavy rain­fall ac­com­pa­nied by strong winds and prob­a­bil­ity of flash floods over the Gover­norate of Dho­far, we ad­vise all to take full pre­cau­tions and avoid low-ly­ing ar­eas, wadis and the sea dur­ing this pe­riod. Also, fol­low our lat­est weather bul­letins to keep up to date on the cli­matic con­di­tions.”



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