Dubai, October 3: Tropical cyclone Shaheen hit Oman on Sunday, prompting authorities to postpone flights to and from the capital Muscat and urging residents to evacuate coastal areas.
The country’s disaster, weather, and civil aviation agency’s joint statement stated that the eye of the storm was about 60 kilometers (40 miles) from Muscat, with wind speeds of 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour) or higher.
The storm’s centre was expected to hit land during the late afternoon and evening, bringing very high winds and heavy rainfall, but the outer bands of the system were already being felt.
The national emergency committee said the power supply would be cut in al-Qurm, east of the capital, to avoid accidents.
Most of the 5 million people of this oil exporting country live in Muscat and its surrounding areas.