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Cyclone seen moving closer towards Oman's coast.

Summary: Rain lashes southern Oman as cyclone moves towards coast

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Dubai: A cyclone, initially codenamed #02A, has developed in the Arabian Sea and is seen moving towards the coast of Oman on Tuesday.

The cyclone, which has developed from a low-pressure area over north-east Arabian sea, had intensified into a low-pressure area on Monday, and is likely to strengthen in the next 24 hours, said weathermen.

As of mid-day on Tuesday, the cyclone is marked in North Arabian Sea centered at latitude 21.5A;N and longitude 64A; E, according to Skymet Weather.

The system is also likely to strengthen into a deep depression during the next 24 hours, but could also show signs of weakening while drifting away, they said.

Storms are fairly rare in the region, but they're not unheard of. Cyclones usually form in the Arabian Sea.

The Aqua satellite shows Tropical Cyclone #02A hitting the #Oman coast in natural color (2.25PM IST TODAY) - IMD WEATHER PRODIGY (@IMD_Weather) June 28, 2016

The cyclones usualy form June to November in the area.

The most severe to hit the region in recent years was Cyclone Gonu in 2009.

In November 2015, Yemeni authorities on the island of Socotra had evacuated 9,000 people from their homes to other places to take refuge from a cyclone.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Geographic Code:7OMAN
Date:Jun 28, 2016
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