KARACHI: Cyclone ‘Maha’ has intensified from a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) to an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm (ESCS) in the Arabian Sea during last 20 hours.
It is “at a distance of about 770 km south of Karachi with maximum sustained surface winds of 160-180 km per hour gusting 200 km per hour,” Pakistan Met Department reported.
Maha is likely to track further west/northwestwards during next 24 hours and then recurve in east-northeast direction towards Indian Gujarat.
Currently, there is no threat to Pakistan coastal area, however, fishermen are advised to avoid going into deep sea till Nov 6.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Center of PMD is regularly monitoring the intensity and track of this Tropical Cyclone.
The concerned authorities are requested to keep them abreast of the system updates through PMD website.
The cyclone was at a distance of about 1,140 km southeast of Karachi on Nov 2 and about 797 km away on Nov 3.