Cyclone Tauktae Not Expected To Reach Coastal Areas: PMD

Cyclone Tauktae Not Expected To Reach Coastal Areas: PMD

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) stated on Sunday that Cyclone Tauktae was going away in the southwest direction and not touching the coastal belt of Pakistan.

"Although the cyclone is increasing, it will only pass by Pakistan's coastal belt without touching it," stated PMD Director Sardar Sarfaraz.

As the cyclone is turning away from Pakistan's coastal areas, Karachi is not expected now to receive heavy rains, according to him. However, Sindh's south-eastern areas were anticipated to receive rainfall, he added.

As stated by Sarfaraz, strong as well as gusty winds are blowing in Karachi today due to the cyclone, with the speed of winds were expected to reach the speed of 25-30km/hr in the metropolis. He also elaborated that the cyclone was causing warm winds to blow in Karachi, which will result in raising the temperature of the city.

"The temperature of the city is likely to increase to a maximum of 42-43 degrees centigrade in few coming days," Sarfaraz said.

According to reports, dust/thunderstorms with a few occurrences of moderate to heavy rainfall with gusty winds of 60-80 kmph are expected to occur in districts including Tharparker, Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Umerkot & Sanghar districts between May 17 and 19. 

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As per the PMD advisory, it is likely to move further towards the northwest and will reach Indian Gujarat by the morning of May 18.