Cyclone likely to cross coastal areas of Sindh on Friday night

KARACHI: The tropical cyclone-Nilofer in Arabian Sea is likely to cross the adjoining coastal areas of lower Sindh and Indian Gujrat as a depression with a wind speed of 70-80 km/hour gusting up to 90 km/hour on Friday evening or night, the Met Office forecast.

In tropical cyclone advisory on Thursday, the Met office said very severe tropical cyclone-Nilofar is weakening gradually and it has been converted into a severe tropical cyclone.

The sea conditions along Pakistan coast are likely to remain rough to very rough from Thursday evening till Saturday due to the cyclone and the fishermen of Sindh and Balochistan are advised to keep their activities suspended up till Saturday.

It said that the cyclone is located at latitude 19.8 N and longitude 64.2 E about 650 km in southwest of Karachi and 610 km southeast of Gawadar.

The cyclone would continue to move north-eastward towards adjoining coastal areas of lower Sindh and Indian Gujrat with a speed of 14 km/hour in next 24 hours.

At present the estimated central pressure of cyclone is 994 hpa and the average sustained wind speed around is 70-80 Knots gusting up to 90 Knots.

Under the influences of the cyclone, widespread rain/thundershowers with isolated heavy falls accompanied by strong gusty winds are expected in Lower Sindh and adjoining coastal areas of Balochistan from Thursday (evening) till Saturday.