Tropical storm forming in the Arabian Sea
May 21, 2018 | 1:08 PM
by Times News Service
Photo: Oman Meteorology/Twitter

Muscat: A low-pressure weather system that formed a few days ago in the Arabian Sea could potentially turn into a tropical storm, a meteorologist at Oman's Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) said.

"It may turn into a storm within 48 hours," according to Hamid Al Brashdi, a meteorologist at the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA).

The current wind speed around the weather system's centre is about 15-20 knots, according to observations from a nearby vessel. If it develops into a cyclone, it will be called Mekunu — a name given by the Maldives.

"This projected cyclone is forecast to head towards the Southern Oman and North Yemen coasts over the next five days," the Indian Meteorological Department said.

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