March 21, 2023

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The hurricane in the middle of the desert brings rain on the same day for five years

Vehicles were isolated in the floodwaters after a tropical cyclone Shaheen passed through the northern city of Al-Musana on Monday. Mohamed Mahjob / AFP / Metsal Meteorology

A hurricane in the world’s most recognizable desert region brought five years of rain in a single day. Hurricane Shakeen made history yesterday when it hit the ground between Al Masnah and al-Suwaik in Oman, about 80 kilometers west-northwest of the capital Muscat.

The tropical cyclone (which is a hurricane and does not have this name in the region because it occurs outside the Atlantic or Eastern Pacific) weakened to the minimum intensity of Type 1 shortly before reaching land, but flooded in the middle of the desert.

Authorities in al-Qa’eda, northwest of the Omani capital Muscat, received 369 mm of rain and more than 200 mm in Muscat.

Muscat received an average rainfall of 0.8 mm in October and an average annual rainfall of 89.7 mm. Taste reported 253.2 mm in 24 hours [Al ​​Suwaiq], South of Sohar. Including average annual rainfall Very dry area Is about 100 mm.

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According to Yale Meteorologists Some tropical cyclones have been recorded in the Gulf of Oman to date, none up to Shaheen in the west. The strongest hurricane to hit the western Arabian Sea in June 2007 was Typhoon 5, the equivalent of a hurricane. This is the most severe recorded in the region. Kono caused more than $ 4 billion in damage, mainly in Oman, causing at least 78 deaths. In 2010, the storm followed a similar path to eastern Oman, causing more than $ 800 million in damage and 24 deaths.

Shaheen’s strong winds caused waves of up to ten meters on the beach. Widespread flooding off the northern coast of Oman when the storm hit the landmass yesterdayHeavy rain and wind at 150 kmph. Omani officials say seven people have been killed in al-Badina province. Four more people drowned in a landslide on Sunday.

In Iran, state media reported that the bodies of two fishermen had been found. Three more fishermen have not been found off the coast of Sistan-Balochistan province in the southeast of the country. Infrastructure including electrical installations and roads were damaged when the hurricane passed through Iran.

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