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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

Oman and Yemen brace ahead of tropical storm Luban's arrival

The storm has been downgraded from a very severe tropical storm to a tropical storm

A child plays in a roadside puddle accumulated from rain brought by tropical storm Luban in Salalah, Oman. Reuters
A child plays in a roadside puddle accumulated from rain brought by tropical storm Luban in Salalah, Oman. Reuters

Tropical storm Luban is expected to crash into the coasts of Yemen and Oman today, with winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour.

The storm, which has been downgraded from a very severe tropical storm to a tropical storm, is still expected to cause thundery downpours and severe windy conditions, bringing flash floods and huge waves.

In Oman, the Dhofar region in the south, as well the Wusta region in the central area of the country are expected to be particularly badly affected. All schools in the Dhofar region will remain shut today.

"The tropical storm is continuing to move west – northwest toward the Omani and Yemeni coasts,” said the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) in a statement released late last night.

“The wind speed around the centre will be 110 to 90 km/h during the upcoming 24 hr. The centre of storm will cross the land [on] Sunday.”

The storm will have no direct effect on the UAE over the coming three days, said NCM.

The centre is monitoring the situation and will provide updates accordingly, it said.

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