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UAE on official alert over storm warning

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On Sunday we reported that the long range weather forecast predicts storms towards the end of October. Although the exact date has changed numerous times (being as long range is often an estimate) some weather stations still predict stormy weather.

And it’s not without good reason. Today, officials monitoring a tropical storm in the Arabian Sea issued a statement to say that the UAE, Oman and India are all on alert and checking the storm’s progress every few hours. Emirates 24/7 and Arabian Business report that the thunder storm is currently 1,200 km off Oman.

In a statement the UAE National Center for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said that it’s unlikely that the storm will hit in the next few days, but they are keeping an extremely close eye on it.

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“As per our current forecasts, there are no signs that the tropical depression could affect the UAE over the next four to five days,” they said. “We are monitoring the situation every three hours as it moves westwards with wind speeds averaging 50km per hour.”

India is also monitoring the storm closely. Their Met Department released a statement with details of wind speed and movement: “The deep depression over east central Arabian Sea moved slightly northward with a speed of 5km per hour during past six hours and lay centred over east central Arabian  Sea, about 490km west of  Goa and 530km south-southwest of  Mumbai. Strong wind speed reaching 30-40km per hour gusting to 50km per hour would prevail along and off Konkan, Goa, south Gujarat and Karnataka coasts during next 24 hours. Sea condition would be rough.”

We’ve been on weather watch watch lately, with extreme humidity (around 99 percent) and reports that the temperature will drop at the end of October, signifying the start of UAE “winter”.

We’ll update you on the storms progress if it looks like it’s going to hit the UAE.

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