Tropical storm gathers momentum in Gulf region

‘Ashobaa' is said to be moving closer to Oman’s coastline but the likely impact on the UAE is yet to be determined
Tropical storm gathers momentum in Gulf region
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By Sarah Townsend
Tue 09 Jun 2015 12:28 PM

A tropical storm over the Arabian Sea is set to deepen over the next 36 hours, UAE weather forecasters have predicted.

The storm known as Ashobaa has been located on the Indian coast but is inching closer towards the Oman coastline.

Wind speeds peaked at between 60 and 80kph on Monday afternoon but the storm’s impact is yet to felt in the UAE, according to the National Centre of Meteorology and Siesmology (NCMS).

“Latest satellite imagery and observations, in addition to weather reports from the main regional centres, indicate that the tropical depression had been deepening into [a] tropical [storm] named Ashobaa,” the NCMS was quoted as saying in a report in Khaleej Times.

The statement added: “[The storm] will [take] the form of active winds on the east coast, leading to the high sea waves from the orbital depth of the storm.”

Forecasters said they would continue to monitor Ashobaa’s progress, alerting those concerned if required, but that at the moment the likely impact on the UAE was not known.

However, Oman is bracing itself for a cyclone and maritime traffic in Kuwait has already been suspended due to bad weather, fast wind and dust, Emirates 247 reported.

Shuwaikh Jassem Al Mutairi, head of the guides department at the Kuwait Ports Authority, told the Kuwait press agency on Monday: “Visibility was below two nautical miles and wind speed reached 32-34 knots. The decision observes security and safety reasons.”

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