Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Monday issued new advisory and stated that none of the Pakistani coastal area is under threat from cyclone Tauktae, however under its influence, dust/thunderstorm-rain are likely to occur in some parts of Sindh.
Giving update on the cyclone, PMD stated that the very severe cyclonic storm has gained more strength and moved North/northwestward at a speed of 18 Kmph during last 12 hours and is at a distance of about 730 km south of Thatta and 800 km south-southeast of Karachi.
Maximum sustained winds around the system centre are 190-210 Kmph gusting 230 Kmph. The system is likely to move further northward and cross Indian Gujarat by 17 May night/ 18 May morning, it added.
The PMD has said that none of the Pakistan coastal areas are under threat, however under its influence, dust, thunderstorm-rain with few moderate to heavy falls and gusty winds of 40-60 Kmph are likely to occur in Tharparker, Umerkot & Sanghar districts and at isolated places of Badin district during 17- 19 May 2021.
Mirpurkhas and Tando Allahyar districts may receive moderate rainfall accompanied with gusty winds of 25-30 kmph, meanwhile very hot and dry weather with occasional gusty winds likely to continue in Karachi, Hyderabad, Shaeed- Banzirabad, Badin and Thatta districts till tomorrow.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2021.