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Tropical storm headed towards Arabian Gulf

Storm close to the Indian coast is expected to hit speeds of up to 75 kilometres per hour

Tropical storm headed towards Arabian Gulf
The storm which is currently close to the Indian coast is expected to hit speeds of up to 75 kilometres per hour, the centre said.

A tropical storm is headed towards the Arabian Gulf, according to the UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology (NCM).

The storm which is currently close to the Indian coast is expected to hit speeds of up to 75 kilometres per hour, the centre said.

"A formation of tropical depression has been tracked to the northeast of the Arabian Sea close to the coast of India,” the NCM said on Twitter.

The centre which is monitoring the movements of the tropical depression said it would provide further updates on the situation.

In a statement on Sunday, it said the storm’s estimated speed was approximately 45kph to 55kph at its centre.

In October last year, at least three people were killed and 33 injured by flash flooding in Yemen and neighbouring Oman caused by Tropical Storm Luban.

Mahra province in the far east of Yemen and the neighbouring Dhofar region of Oman are the only parts of the Arabian Peninsula that have a monsoon climate governed by the tropical weather systems of the Indian Ocean.

Mountains rising to 1,300 metres (4,300 feet) separate a fertile coastal strip from the infamous Empty Quarter in the vast desert interior.