The head of the Planning and Meteorological Development Department at the Civil Aviation Authority in the Sultanate of Oman, Abdullah Rashid Al-Khadoori, said that the authority has raised the maximum state of emergency to deal with the repercussions of Tropical Cyclone Shaheen, pointing out that it is located 200 km northwest of the Governorate of Muscat.
He added, during a telephone interview to the "Al-Hekaya" program, presented by the media, Amr Adib, on the "MBC Egypt" satellite channel, yesterday evening, Saturday, that the cyclone is heading directly towards the North Al Batinah region and the coasts overlooking the Sea of Oman, noting that the indirect effects of the tropical cyclone began yesterday.
He expected the Sultanate to be exposed to the direct effects of the cyclone this morning, saying that the eye of the storm crosses the Omani coasts from the North Al Batinah Gate between four to ten in the evening.
He noted that the hurricane will cause very heavy rainfall of more than 500 millimeters, stressing that all the competent authorities have worked hard during the past days, to spread awareness messages and carry out the necessary evacuation operations on the coasts.
He pointed out that heavy rainfall leads to flooding because it exceeds the rate of soil absorption of water, adding: "Sometimes, houses enter and cause destruction, and we look forward to tomorrow being a day of goodness, blessing and mercy."