Photos and videos of heavy rain and high winds were circulated on the communication sites with the arrival of Cyclone Shaheen in the Sultanate of Oman.
The Oman News Agency reported that heavy rain fell in Muscat Governorate as a result of Cyclone Shaheen, while Oman Civil Defense reported that nine reports of people trapped by the rain in their vehicles were answered in Muscat Governorate and twenty-five people saved during the operation.
The authority said in a statement that the latest satellite imagery and analysis from the National Center for Early Warning of Multiple Hazards shows that tropical cyclone Shaheen is currently centered at latitude 24.2 degrees north and longitude 59.3 degrees east, and is moving toward the coast continues. of the Sultanate overlooking the Sea of Oman.
It also added that the center of the tropical cyclone is about 80 miles (130 km) from Muscat Governorate, and that wind speed around the center is estimated at 64 knots (116 km/h).
The Civil Aviation Authority issued the third warning about the tropical situation, and the last warning stated that satellite images showed Cyclone Shaheen’s movement towards the shores of the Sultanate overlooking the Sea of Oman, noting that the center of Cyclone Shaheen 130. km from Muscat Governorate, and that the wind speed around the center is estimated at one hundred and sixteen kilometers per hour.
The Omani Civil Aviation Authority in its third warning called on everyone to be extremely careful and careful and stay away from low places.
The authority also indicated that the tropical cyclone is likely to continue its movement towards the coasts of the northern Al Batinah Governorate, provided the direct impacts begin on Sunday morning and are accompanied by high-speed winds (40 to 60 knots) and very heavy thunderstorms (200 to 500mm) leading to flooding of valleys The governorates of North and South Al Batinah, Muscat, Al Dhahirah, Al Buraimi, Al Dakhiliyah and the coastal areas of South Al Sharqiyah Governorate.
It also confirmed that the sea will be very rough on the shores of the Sultanate, from South Al Sharqiah Governorate to Musandam Governorate. Wave height is estimated at 8-12 meters, with the possibility of seawater spreading to land in low areas, and it will be moderate to rough waves on the rest of the coasts of the Sultanate (2-3 meters).
In addition, the authority called on everyone to be extremely careful and careful, not to risk crossing valleys, stay away from low-lying places and not go to the sea during this period.
It is noteworthy that the Omani News Center had reported on Saturday that civilians in the coastal areas of the wilayats of Khaboura and Saham had been evacuated to shelters.
For its part, Omani’s Ministry of Health announced on Saturday the activation of a national emergency plan to deal with the possible effects of Cyclone Shaheen.
It is noteworthy that 46 cyclones have hit Omani coasts in the past 130 years.
In the period of 2010-2019, 5 cyclones directly hit the Omani coasts: Ashuba, Luban, Mikuno and Hikka, in addition to Cyclone Shapala.
Six cases reached the level of a hurricane in the Arabian Sea, the most violent of which was Hurricane Gonu, which reached the fifth degree, and was considered one of the most powerful hurricanes, as the recorded losses from the hurricane were about 4. billion dollars, and it also caused the deaths of nearly 100 people.
Three years after Gonu, Hurricane Phet also caused major material losses.