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Ashobaa Cyclone: Pakistan is out of danger as cyclone heads towards Oman

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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