KARACHI: As Ashobaa cyclone is reportedly sighted about 550 kilometres south of Karachi, heavy rains likely to hit the coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan.
The University of Winsconsin-Madison’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies provides the detailed predictions suggesting that Ashobaa Cyclone, 550 kilometres south-southwest of Karachi at the moment, will make landfall in Oman and is not going to hit Pakistan at all.
Earlier, a thorough statement on the website of the Pakistan Meteorological Department told that the cyclone is marching northwest at a pace of 18 kilometres per hour and now lies pivot around Latitude 20 degrees North and Longitude 66 degrees north and is currently 550 south-southwest of Karachi and 700km east-southeast of Muscat, the capital of Oman.
In the light of a satellite screen shot taken at 1100 hours Pakistan Standard time from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, Space Science and Engineering Centre, the storm has changed its direction form Karachi and seems moving towards the coast of Oman.
However, the sea conditions along Sindh-Makran coast are likely to remain rough to very rough occasionally integrated with stormy winds till Friday evening. The Met Office said that a maximum tide height of 4.5-5.5 metres is expected.
According to the Met Department website, Rain/Thundershowers of moderate intensity, (25-35mm) associated with winds of 30-40 km/hr are expected in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar, Thatta, Badin and Sujawal districts of Sindh in coming 12-36 hours and with isolated heavy falls with chances of flash floods in southwest Balochistan.