Cyclone Tauktae poses no threat to coastline: PMD

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Karachi (Staff Report/Agencies): The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has said that Cyclone Tauktae is 800km away from Karachi and no coastal area of the country is under threat due to the cyclonic storm.

However, the PMD, in its latest advisory on the cyclone issued Monday morning, warned of dust and thunderstorm rain with few moderate to heavy falls and gusty winds of 40-60kmph in Tharparkar, Umerkot and Sanghar districts and isolated places of Badin because of Cyclone Tauktae’s influence. 

The warning has been issued for May 17 - May 19.

Earlier, the said the depression over the southeast Arabian Sea intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’.

The department issued an alert about the Cyclone Tauktae, saying that it will cause raindust/thunderstorms and gusty winds in Karachi.

“The Depression over Southeast Arabian has intensified into a Cyclonic Storm ‘TAUKTAE’ and lay centered at a distance of about 1,460km south-southeast of Karachi,” read the PMD alert.

The department further said that the maximum speed of the winds sustained around the cyclone have been recorded at 70-90km/hr, adding that they are expected to reach 100kh/hr.

Due to the storm, widespread rains/thunderstorms with “few heavy to very heavy falls and gusty winds of 70-90kmph are likely to occur in Thatta, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar, Umerkot and Sanghar districts” of Sindh from May 17 to May 20.