The Pakistan Meteorological Department warned Saturday night that Hurricane Tauktae “may intensify further” in the next 18-24 hours.
PMD said in an advisory report published on its website that Tauktae may transform into a very severe cyclone storm (VSCS) in the next 18-24 hours.
It is expected to move further northwest in the afternoon/evening of May 18 and arrive in Gujarat, India.
It said that the cyclone storm moved northwest at a speed of 18km, concentrated at 14.5N north latitude and 72.8E east longitude at 2100 PST in Pacific Standard Time, about 1,310 km southeast of Karachi.
“Maximum sustained winds around the system centre are 100-120 kmph gusting to 140 kmph,” the advisory said.
It said that based on the existing meteorological conditions, dust/thunderstorm-rain with a few incidences of moderate to heavy rainfall with gusty winds of 60-80 Kmph are likely to occur in Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Tharparker, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot and Sanghar districts between May 17 and 20.
The Met department said dust/thunderstorm-rains with isolated moderate to heavy rainfall and gusty winds of 40-60 kmph are also likely in Karachi, Hyderabad, Jamshoro and Shaheed-Benazirabad, between May 18 and 20.
The sea conditions are expected to become very rough and rough, and it is recommended that fishermen do not venture in the sea between May 16 and 20.