Web DeskPublished: 9 June 2023 at 05:19 | Updated: 9 June 2023 at 12:27
Biporjoy Cyclone Threatens Pakistan and Indian Coastlines Warns Pakistan Meteorological Department
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a statement indicating that the 'Biporjoy' cyclone poses a potential threat to the coastlines of Pakistan and neighboring India. The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) Biporjoy has maintained its intensity and has slightly altered its course, moving in a north-northeast direction over the past 12 hours. Currently, the cyclone is located near Latitude 14.8°N and Longitude 66.5°E, approximately 1,120 kilometers south of Karachi.
According to the PMD, the system's maximum sustained surface winds range from 130-150 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 160 kilometers per hour near the center of the cyclone. The cyclone continues to benefit from favorable environmental conditions, including a sea surface temperature of 30-32°C, low vertical wind shear, and upper-level divergence, which support the potential for further intensification.
Due to a shift in upper-level steering winds, global models present varying opinions regarding the cyclone's track forecast. Some models indicate a potential landfall along the Oman-Pakistan western coast, while others suggest a trajectory towards the Indian Gujarat-Pakistan Sindh coast. Given this uncertainty, the system is expected to continue tracking north/northeastward over the next two days.
The cyclone warning center at PMD in Karachi is closely monitoring the system and its developments. The PMD advises fishermen to avoid venturing into the open sea starting from Monday, June 12, until the system passes, as the Arabian Sea conditions are expected to become extremely rough with high tides along the coast. As the cyclone moves in a probable northeast direction, the Sindh-Makran coast can anticipate rain, thunderstorms, heavy precipitation, and squally winds from the night of June 13 until the morning of June 4. Sea conditions around the cyclone center are currently very high/phenomenal, with maximum wave heights reaching 25-28 feet.
Authorities are urging residents and relevant stakeholders to stay informed about the cyclone's progress through official channels and adhere to safety guidelines. Vigilance and precautionary measures are crucial to mitigate potential risks and ensure the well-being of coastal communities.