Cyclonic storm "Mekunu" gets severe in Arabian Sea: Report

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*ISLAMABAD - The severe cyclonic storm 'Mekunu' moved nearly north-northwestwards and intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm at 14:30 hours IST of yesterday, May 23, 2018. It further moved nearly northwards and lay centred at 08:30 hrs IST of May 24, 2018, over west-central and adjoining southwest the Arabian Sea near latitude 13.30N and longitude 55.40E, about 180 km east-northeast of Socotra Islands and 440 km south-southeast of Salalah (Oman). *

*It is very likely to intensify further during next 24 hours. It is very likely to move nearly northwards during next 24 hours and then north-northwestwards and cross south Oman-southeast Yemen coasts as an extremely severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 160-170 **kmph** gusting to 190 **kmph** between 530E and 550E close to Salalah, around May 26, 2018 morning.*

*Gale winds speed reaching 135-145 **kmph** gusting to 160 **kmph** is prevailing over the west-central Arabian Sea and adjoining southwest Arabian Sea . The wind speed will gradually increase over west central Arabian Sea off south Oman-south east Yemen coasts with the increase in the intensity of the system during May 24-26. *

*The maximum wind speed of 160-170 **kmph** gusting to 190 **kmph** likely to prevail along and off south Oman-south east Yemen coasts from **25th* * evening.*

*Sea condition is phenomenal over west-central and adjoining southwest Arabian Sea and will continue to be phenomenal over west central Arabian Sea till 26th morning. It will improve gradually thereafter. The sea condition over adjacent areas of southwest Arabian Sea will remain phenomenal till 24th evening and improve gradually thereafter.*

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