Tropical Cyclone “Biparjoy” Strengthens, Nears Coastal Areas

The cyclone “Biparjoy” has gained strength and is rapidly advancing towards the coastal regions.

As of 1900 hrs PST, the cyclone was positioned near Latitude 21.9°N and Longitude 66.3°E, approximately 370km south-southwest of Karachi and 290km south-southwest of Keti Bandar.

With maximum sustained surface winds of 150-160 Km/hour and gusts reaching 180 Km/hour around its center, Tropical Cyclone “Biparjoy” is demonstrating its intensity. Sea conditions in the vicinity of the system center are described as phenomenal, with an alarming maximum wave height of 30 feet.

The cyclone is presently moving in a north-northeast direction.

Experts emphasize that the cyclone’s intensity is being supported by favorable environmental conditions, including a sea surface temperature of 29-30°C, low vertical wind shear, and upper-level divergence. These factors are anticipated to sustain the cyclone’s strength as it progresses.

The latest forecasts suggest that Tropical Cyclone “Biparjoy” will continue its trajectory in a north-northeastward direction and is expected to make landfall between Keti Bandar in Southeast Sindh and the Indian Gujarat coast on the afternoon or evening of June 15.

At that time, it is projected to transform into a very severe cyclonic storm, with winds blowing at speeds of 100-120 Km/hour, gusting up to 140 km/hour.

Regions Likely to Get Hit

Authorities have identified several regions likely to be severely impacted by the cyclone. These include Thatta, Badin, Sajawal, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas, and Umerkot, where heavy to extremely heavy rainfall exceeding 300 mm is expected between June 13 and 17, 2023.

Additionally, Karachi, Hyderabad, Tando Allah Yar Khan, Tando Mohammad Khan, Dadu, Shaheed Benazirabad, and Sanghar are predicted to experience heavy rainfall of over 100 mm during the same period. Isolated heavy falls are also anticipated between June 14 and 16, 2023, in Lasbela and Hub.

The NEOC Technical team, utilizing international and national models such as PMD-NWPM, NASA, PDC & UKM, IMD, BOM-A, and ECMWF, has generated these projections. In response to the potential threat, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued an advisory, urging residents in the affected areas to take necessary precautions and remain vigilant.

Efforts are underway by authorities and emergency response teams to mitigate the potential impact of Tropical Cyclone “Biparjoy” on the coastal regions. The public is strongly advised to stay updated with the latest weather bulletins and follow the instructions provided by local authorities to ensure their safety and well-being.

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