NO MAJOR THREAT FROM TROPICAL STORM NILOFAR YET: MET DEPT

MUSCAT: The Met department has said that Oman faces no major threat from the tropical storm Nilofar building over the Arabian Sea. As per last updates, the storm’s centre was a little over 900km from Oman’s coast, and it was not likely to cause much damage even if it made landfall.

“There is nothing to worry about the storm like it was reported a few days ago. Even if it strikes, it will be hardly anything and there will be no destruction,” a Met official said, adding that going by the latest reading, the storm would not last long. “We are still studying the matter and will update the public soon. All we can say is that there is nothing to worry as of now.”

The storm has a current wind speed of 28knots. Dhofar, Al Wusta and South Sharqiyah may get rain. Waves could reach a height of 3m, a Met office statement said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department, the agency responsible for tropical cyclone advisories in the northern Indian Ocean, including the Arabian Sea, said that low pressure over west-central and adjoining south and east-central Arabian Sea has concentrated into a depression.

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY