Dhofar schools, Salalah port closed over impending Luban
Schools in Dhofar will be closed on October 11 and will be used as shelters if needed over the weekend due to the looming threat of tropical storm Luban.
“This comes in the interest of the safety of students and staff in the field of education,
and within the framework of identifying the schools in the governorate as shelters for citizens and residents,” announced the Directorate General of Education in Dhofar.
Mohammed bin Aufait Al Mashani, Director General of Corporate Affairs at Salalah Port said that it has been decided to cease all operations at the port from
Thursday morning. He said that the port management has taken all precautionary measures to limit damages in view of the tropical condition.
The officials have put in place an emergency plan to ensure security and safety of its employees, property and public utilities along with removal of wooden boats to safer places outside the port, he added.
Tropical storm Luban is likely to develop into a Category 2 cyclone within the next 48 hours, the Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA) said on Wednesday. It is now a Category 1 Tropical Cyclone.
Mansoor Al Shabibi, a specialist at the Meteorology Department at PACA, said,“It is still very hard to predict where this cyclone will go. But several coastal areas along Dhofar will get heavy rain and strong winds.”
Meanwhile, PACA’s spokesperson said, “The latest weather charts and satellite images of the National Multi-Hazard and Early Warning Centre indicate the development of Luban into a Category 1 tropical cyclone. The cyclone is around 600km away from Salalah city, with surface wind speeds of 64 to 74 knots (119 to 137kmph).
“The tropical storm continues to move towards the Dhofar governorate coast and Yemen, with the storm likely to deepen into a tropical cyclone of the second degree within the next 48 hours.”