The storm is likely to intensify in the next 18-24 hours, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said in its latest advisory on Saturday night.
In a consultative meeting published on its website, the PMD said that in the next 18-24 hours, Toktai could turn into a very severe cyclonic storm (VSCS).
It is expected to move further northwest and reach Indian Gujarat by the afternoon / evening of May 18.
It said the cyclone has been trailing northwest at a speed of 18 kmph and at 2100 PST it is approximately 14.5N longitude and 72.8E latitude, about 1,310 kms southeast of Karachi Spread out
“The maximum stable winds around the system center can reach speeds of up to 100-120 kilometers per hour,” the adviser said.
It said that due to the current meteorological situation, there is a possibility of rain with dust / thunderstorms in Thatta, with a few incidents of light rain with strong winds of 60 to 80 kmph with strong winds. Rain is expected in Sujawal, Badin, Tharparkar, Mirpur Khas, Umerkot and Sanghar. Districts between May 17 and 20.
The Meteorological Department said that between May 18 and 20, Karachi, Hyderabad, Jamshoro and Shaheed Benazirabad also received moderate to heavy rains and dust / thunderstorms with strong winds blowing at a speed of 40-60 kmph. Chance of Rain
Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least two places, and fishermen were advised not to sail between May 16 and 20.
‘High alert’ at the airport
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority has issued a “high alert” at Jinnah International Airport due to rain forecast.
A circular directs the concerned departments to properly weigh small fixed-wing aircraft and rotary-winged helicopters with extra weight.
He also said that some aircraft should be taken inside the parking hangers to protect them from strong winds.
The CAA notification states that steps have been taken to ensure safety during air travel.
It was warned that there is a possibility of various bird-related incidents during the rainy season, so all precautions should be taken against such incidents.
For this purpose, bird shooters have been directed to be deployed in the vicinity of the airport.
In addition, it was suggested that the smoke be eliminated, as rain increases the presence of insects, especially mosquitoes.
Sindh Building Control Authority issued the directive
The Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) has issued a notice asking all builders to keep the buildings under construction safe in view of the dangers posed during the storm of buildings under construction.
It said that all cranes in construction sites should be shifted to safer places.
CM Sindh declares state of emergency on coastal strip
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah was briefed about the development system today after which he declared a state of emergency in all the districts of the province which is located on the coastal strip.
He ordered the establishment of a control cell, which was later notified by the government. Emergency contact information was also issued to communicate with the public in case of rain-related emergencies.
In view of the offer made to him by the Met Office and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, the Chief Minister directed the administration in Karachi to start removing all the canals. He also directed Commissioner Karachi Naveed Sheikh and Administrator KMC Laiq Ahmed to start removing all billboards and nine signs.
The Chief Minister directed the PDSMA to provide dewatering machines and generators to the district administration in the city and other districts where required.
He also asked the builders to take precautionary measures in view of the dangers of the buildings under construction.
The Chief Minister directed the fishermen not to go into the deep sea for fishing from Sunday.
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