A very severe cyclonic storm may develop from Cyclone Tej: PMD

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The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) announced Monday that Cyclone Tej which has been developing in the southwest Arabian Sea for the past few days has evolved into an extremely severe cyclonic storm (ESCS).

As part of its alert today, PMD alerted people to the fact that Cyclone Tej has been moving northwestward for the last 12 hours, and that it is currently “centered around latitude 14.4N and longitude 53.2°E.”.

Despite earlier estimates, the latest advisory from the U.S. National Weather Service, which has been issued at 10:00 PST, also revealed that the cyclone is about 300 km southwest of Salalah (Oman), 220km southeast of Al Ghaydah (Yemen) and 1520km southwest of Gwadar (Pakistan).

Aside from that, the highest sustained surface winds of the storm are between 150 and 160 km/h, which can be accompanied by gusts of up to 180 km/h.

In addition, the notification also states that the water conditions around the core of the system are quite high, with a maximum wave height of 35 feet around the core of the system.

During the course of the next few hours, this system is expected to move toward the northwest and will likely cross the Yemen coast near Al Ghaydah at midnight as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) with winds of 120-130km/h with gusts of 150km/h.

In spite of the fact that this system will not be able to affect any part of Pakistan’s coastal areas, it is important to note that there will be no adverse effects.

A statement from the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) stated that it is expected that the weather in most districts of Sindh would remain dry for the next few days.

Several parts of Balochistan are expected to be affected by strong winds and thundershowers today, but the weather is expected to remain dry for the next few days in most parts of the province.

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