The various meteorological numerical models have agreed that tropical cyclone “Shaheen” will make landfall on the Sultanate of Oman on Sunday morning, according to the Jordan-based Arabia Weather service.
Arabia Weather added that despite the agreement of the weather models on the direct effects of tropical cyclone Shaheen on Oman, the models differ in the expectation of its impact on neighboring countries such as Saudi Arabia.
Oman’s Civil Aviation Agency said the latest satellite imagery and weather map analysis at the National Multi Hazards Early Warning Center showed tropical storm “Shaheen” has intensified into a Category 1 tropical cyclone.
The tropical cyclone continues to move toward the coastal areas of the Omani Sea with estimated surface wind speeds around the center between 118 and 151 kilometers per hour.
The center of the cyclone is about 200 kilometers away from the Muscat Governorate and the closest convective cloud band associated with the cyclone is about 80 kilometers away.
“The cyclone is expected to hit coastal areas from Muscat to the provinces of North al-Batinah directly from Sunday morning, with high winds and heavy rain of 200 to 600 millimeters, causing severe flash flooding over the governorates of North al-Batinah , South al-Batinah. Batinah, Muscat, al-Dhahira, al-Buraimi and al-Dakhliya and may extend to the governments of Musandam, North al-Sharqiya and South al-Sharqiya,” the Oman Civil Aviation Agency added.
The National Center of Meteorology in the United Arab Emirates is monitoring the situation and will update UAE residents with the latest information.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) in the UAE said that based on the continuous follow-up and real-time monitoring of all weather conditions in the country, and thanks to the readiness of all government agencies and the constant communication between them, all effects addressed quickly and professionally, as preserving the safety of people and property is a top priority.
“The National Center of Meteorology monitors the tropical situation around the clock and calls on the public to follow the bulletins and reports it issues and follow the instructions and warnings of the appropriate authorities,” NCEMA added.
The National Center of Meteorology added that sea conditions in the Sea of Oman are turbulent to very turbulent, leading to seawater flooding on the eastern coast, especially the low-lying areas, and that the Arabian Gulf Sea is sometimes choppy in the north. .
“We call on all members of society, in such weather conditions, to follow the news and information broadcast by the National Center of Meteorology on all its electronic platforms and through social media, and to ensure that we are not involved in rumors doing the rounds about weather conditions,” NCEMA added.
The NCEMA also called for all information to be taken from its official sources at all times and called on everyone to exercise caution in such weather conditions and to stay away from valleys and dams in areas designated by the relevant authorities to avoid adverse events, including safety is desired for everyone.
In the UAE, Kalba Municipality has raised the red flag on the shores of the city and warned of the sea flood associated with Cyclone Shaheen.
The Kalba Municipality tweeted that the eastern coast is expected to be hit by sea tides from Saturday evening and some areas will be affected by the expansion of Tropical Cyclone Shaheen, particularly the eastern and southern regions, from noon and evening on Sunday. of rain of varying intensity, leading to the flow of valleys and streams, and collecting water in some low-lying areas.
Authorities in Oman have declared Sunday and Monday (October 3 and 4) a national holiday amid poor weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Shaheen.
“October 3 and 4, 2021 will be a public holiday for employees of state administration departments, other legal entities, private sector institutions, except for the governorates of Dhofar and Al Wusta due to the adverse climatic conditions witnessed by the sultanate,” the statement said. Oman. news agency tweeted Saturday.
Arabia Weather added that the cyclone is expected to move toward Rub’ al-Khali in Saudi Arabia, while other models have suggested the storm will move into the Arabian Gulf after its impact on Oman to hit Qatar. , which is considered very rare if it were to happen.
Scottish meteorologist Scott Duncan said Shaheen is only the second cyclone in a modern record to hit the Gulf of Oman.
⚠️ Only the second cyclone in the modern record is about to enter the Gulf of Oman…
— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) October 2, 2021