KARACHI: The Met office said Tuesday that lower parts of Sindh including Karachi were likely to experience heavy rains with strong winds on Friday and Saturday.
A tropical cyclone, some 1,100 kilometres southwest of Karachi, was expected to move initially in the northwest direction in the next 24 hours. After that it was expected to re-curve in the northeast direction towards Indian Gujrat and the Sindh coast.
The tropical cyclone was expected to further intensify after crossing 20 degree north on Thursday causing heavy rains with gusty winds (60 to 80 knots) along the Sindh and Makran coasts from Thursday evening to Saturday.
The Tropical Warning Centre of the Met Department has warned fishermen of Sindh and Balochistan who were in the open sea to return to coast before Wednesday evening. The centre has advised all fishermen not to venture in open sea from Thursday to Saturday.
Ban on swimming in sea: Karachi Administrator Fazlur Rehman has banned swimming in the sea under Section 144 in view of the Arabian Sea cyclone.
According to Cyclone alert-2, the tropical cyclone, located some 1100 kilometers south-southwest of Karachi is expected to move initially in a north-westerly direction in the next 24 hours. After that it is expected to re-curve in northeasterly direction towards Indian Gujrat and Sindh coast.
The tropical cyclone is expected to further intensify into a severe tropical cyclone after crossing 20 degree north on Thursday causing a widespread rain with scattered heavy fall accompanies with gusty winds (60 to 80 knots) along Sindh Makran coast from Thursday evening to Saturday.
The fairly widespread heavy falls with strong gusty winds (80 to 100 knots) are expected over lower Sindh including District Badin, Thatta, Tharparkar, Umer Kot and southern areas of Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas and Karachi.
The sea conditions are going to be rough to very rough in next 48 hours and high tides are also expected to develop near Sindh-Makran coast on Friday and Saturday.
Tropical warning centre of Pakistan Meteorological Department has warned that the fishermen of Sindh and Balochistan who are in the open sea should return to the coast before Wednesday evening. The centre has advised all fishermen not to venture in open sea from Thursday to Saturday.
Cyclone Phet approaching Karachi.
(WEDNESDAY 02,june,2010) KARACHI: At least 170 boats lost contact with control room as cyclone Phet is 900 kilometers away from Karachi.
Navy helicopters have launched search operation for the missing fishermen. Meteorological Department warned fishermen against going to open sea and directed them to back up by todayís evening.
According to Met Department, the cyclone is assuming more fury 900 kilometers to southwest of Karachi. The ferocious hurricane would make landing at Pakistanís coastline after 24 hours, as it is likely to force entry into Sindh coastal areas at night between Friday and Saturday.
The fierce storm could unleash heavy downpours couple with gale-force winds in coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan.
Under the influence of tropical cyclone formed in Arabian Sea, Widespread rain associated with strong gusty winds is also expected in Sindh including Makran coast between Thursday to Saturday. PHET is a Thai word pronounced as Pet, meaning "Diamond".
Focal person of Disaster Management Committee Fayyaz Abbasi said control rooms have been established in all districts of Thatta and Badin. DPO Thatta Manzoor Shaikh said schools along with coastal area have been converted into relief camps.
A banner displayed at Clifton Beach warns people about the seaís high tide levels. The Sindh government has directed all hospital staff deputed to coastal areas to remain alert against an expected cyclone.
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