Cyclone Shaheen is expected to impact areas of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday afternoon, the National Center of Meteorology said in its latest briefing.
UAE authorities said the cyclone, which has moved westward since it formed in the Arabian Sea, is expected to reach Al Ain near the border with Oman. The coastal regions are also preparing for the effects of the storm, which will bring rough waves and strong winds.
Parts of neighboring Oman were hit by floods.
The cyclone sent large waves against the coast of Oman on Sunday morning, with heavy rain and winds of 120 kilometers per hour.
Here’s everything you need to know about Cyclone Shaheen, including the latest updates on its movement via a live weather map:
Where has Cyclone Shaheen landed?
Cyclone Shaheen was formed from the remains of Cyclone Gulab, which began as a depression in the Bay of Bengal on September 24th.
Cyclone Gulab lashed India’s east coast with heavy rains, but then weakened as it moved west through the country before intensifying again when it reached the Arabian Sea on India’s west coast and became Cyclone Shaheen on Friday.
It has since invaded the Arabian Gulf and hit northern Oman and southeastern Iran on Sunday morning.
In the southern Iranian provinces of Sistan and Baluchestan, 52 people were injured when rain and strong winds lashed port cities like Chabahar.
Five fishermen are reportedly missing off Iran.
In the south, most of the cyclone hit Oman on Sunday morning.
Muscat and other coastal areas are hardest hit. Thousands of people have been involved in evacuation operations and emergency services are on high alert as widespread flooding damaged electricity and flooded cars.
The government declared a two-day national holiday on Sunday and Monday and urged people to stay inside.
Where is Cyclone Shaheen headed next?
Cyclone Shaheen moves west across Oman.
The UAE authorities warned on Sunday evening and Monday that the Emirates could be affected.
The storm is expected to bring torrential rain over Al Ain from Sunday evening. Students in schools across the city have been instructed to return to distance learning on Monday and Tuesday.
UAE authorities also said heavy rains and strong winds could hit the country’s northern and eastern coastal areas, where preparations have been made to mitigate the effects of the cyclone.
In Fujairah on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates, authorities warn against swimming in the sea when the waves are strong. Emergency teams were deployed to prepare the coast for high waves.
The Sharjah Housing Ministry said a number of houses and furnished apartments in hotels had been prepared in case residents were displaced by the storm.
The storm could also spread to a sparsely populated area of Saudi Arabia, where it is expected to subside.
What do UAE officials say?
The UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Agency held a media talk with the National Meteorological Center on Sunday.
The agency said it was on standby and was constantly monitoring the storm. An NCM official said the storm could generate winds of up to 140 km / h in the Emirates.
“We want to assure everyone that all relevant authorities are on high alert to deal with the impending tropical situation and take all proactive and preventive measures to mitigate the impact on the country,” the agency said earlier.
It previously urged residents to follow the National Meteorological Center online for the latest security updates. People in the affected areas should stay away from beaches when the water rises and avoid valleys prone to flooding.
Expo 2020 Dubai officials say they are keeping a close eye on the weather and advise anyone planning to visit the site on Sunday or Monday beforehand (www.expo2020dubai.com) or the National Center of Meteorology website (www. ncm.ae) to check leaving home.
When was the last major storm in the United Arab Emirates?
The United Arab Emirates has not been hit by a major storm in over five years.
At Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi, wind speeds of up to 126 km / h were measured in March 2016. Heavy rains caused flooding in areas of the country including Dubai and Sharjah.
In the region, Cyclone Shaheen is only the second tropical storm to hit land in the Gulf of Oman since records began.
The previous one was in 1890 when a tropical storm struck Muscat after entering the Gulf of Oman.
Other cyclones have invaded the region from the Arabian Sea, such as Tropical Storm Gonu in 2007. This was a category five tropical storm, stronger than Shaheen, which is expected to remain category one.
Updated: October 3, 2021, 3:11 p.m.