Met Office Alert-VII 9:28am: Cyclone Shaheen nearing Gwadar, away from Karachi


KARACHI:The severe cyclonic storm Shaheen moved west-northwestward during last 12 hours with a speed of 10km per hour and now lies centred near latitude 24.0N and longitude 62.5E at a distance of about 125km south of Gwadar, 250km southwest of Ormara and 470 km west of Karachi. Rain-wind/thundershower (with isolated heavy falls) is expected in upper/central Punjab, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and lower Sindh and Balochistan

Estimated maximum sustained surface wind is 110-120km per hour with sea condition very rough/high around the system centre. The system is likely to keep moving west-northwestwards till today evening and then recurve southwestward towards Oman northern coast.

Under the influence of this weather system, rain-wind-thunderstorms with few heavy (isolated very heavy) falls are likely in Gwadar, Lasbella, Awaran, Kech and Panjgur districts of Balochistan till tomorrow, 3 Oct (Sunday).

Possible Impacts: Sea conditions would remain rough/very rough with high surge at times till Oct 3 (Sunday). Fishermen have been advised not to venture in the sea till 3rd October (Sunday).

Heavy rains may generate urban flooding in Lasbela, Ormara, Pasni, Gwadar, Turbat and Jiwani. Windstorm may cause damages to vulnerable structures. PMD Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre, Karachi is closely monitoring the system and updates will be issued accordingly.

All concerned authorities of Balochistan have been requested to remain alert during the forecast period and keep them abreast for update through PMD website.

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