By Gavin Gibbon
Category 4 cyclone gaining strength in Arabian Sea
UAE residents have been warned to be on their guard as Tropical Cyclone Kyarr on the Arabian Sea gains strength.
The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) alerted UAE residents on Sunday afternoon to the potential dangers from Kyarr, which is gaining strength into a category 4 cyclone and is currently at latitude 17.2 degrees north and longitude 67.6 degrees east of the Arabian Sea.
The NCM said the cyclone is expected to move northwest to the centre of the Arabian Sea.
According to reports, Kyarr will intensify further over the next 24 hours to a category 5 cyclone, with estimated wind speeds of 255km/h to 265km/h.
Should it remain on its current course, Kyarr is expected to move towards the Arabian Peninsula later this week, making landfall in either Oman or Yemen.
A tweet from the Directorate General of Meteorology in Oman said: “Rough sea with max. wave height (3-5m) is expected to continue along coasts of South Al Sharqiya, Al Wusta and Dhofar with chances of sea water inundation over low level coastal areas. And Mod/Rough (2-3m) over Oman sea coasts.”