Cyclone Nilofar 1,100 km away from Karachi
KARACHI: Tropical cyclone ‘Nilofar’ in the Arabian Sea has intensified and become a very severe tropical cyclone, which is currently about 1,100 kilometres away from Karachi in the northwest.
Chief Meteorologist Tauseef Alam told the media that the cyclone will start moving towards the northwest and then northeast.
Tauseef Alam said heavy rains will take place in the coastal areas of Sindh, including Karachi, Umerkot and Keti Bunder from today (Wednesday). He advised fishermen not to go into the deep sea till Friday.
According to the Met Office, the sea conditions along the Pakistan coast would be rough to very rough from today (Wednesday) to Friday.
At present, the estimated central pressure of the cyclone is 990 hpa and the average sustained wind speed around is 90/100 gusting up to 110 knots.
The coastal belt of Sindh has been closed till November 2 as Section 144 has been imposed as a precautionary measure for the cyclone.
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has asked the Pakistan Navy, Maritime Security Agency and Coast Guards to arrange immediate return of fishermen from the sea.
The commissioner has also directed concerned departments to ensure strict implementation of Section 144, banning bathing and swimming in the sea as well as making beach safety arrangements more effective.