Recent updates by the National Center of Meteorology on the cyclone that hit the UAE last week, state that the weather in the eastern coast is expected to get worse.
Cities like Kalba (Sharjah), Khor Fakkan (Sharjah) and Dibba (Fujairah) which are located in the east are more likely to be affected. According to the NMC, the cyclone progressed to category 2 with a wind speed of 170 km/h.
It is predicted that it will move towards the Northwest by Tuesday (November 5) then head back northeast on Wed (November 6) as stated by NMC.
In Oman, seas are expected to get rougher and it will last until Thursday.
The wind speed throughout the UAE will range between 16-26 km/h- 36km/h. Follow updates on NMC in case of any warnings. In the meantime here are tips on how you can remain safe:
Before it hits
• Check your roofs and walls and make any repairs in case anything is loose.
• Don’t forget the windows. Preferably fit shutters or metal screen. You can also do the same for glass areas around your house.
• Clear out the things around your place that are loose and may blow with the wind. This will help avoid any damage/injury.
• If there’s a chance of flooding, make notes of the closest high-rise places you could seek refuge, and the safest route to get there.
• Prep these in case of emergency:
-First aid kit
• Keep yourself up to date with the news/warnings.
• Fill up the tank of your car.
When it hits
If you’re at home:
• Remain indoors.
• Have an evacuation kit ready. You can pack medicine, warm clothes, canned food, water etc (any important essentials).
• Cover the windows with waterproof material and lock the doors.
• Turn off the electricity and the gas; to be safe, unplug all appliances.
• Remain in the most secure place of your house. Avoid being close to the windows.
• Pack your car in a safe place.
If you’re outdoors:
• Avoid being close to water bodies.
• Don’t use your phone, unless it’s an emergency.
• Stay away from trees or electric posts.
When it's passed
• Don’t go outdoors just yet. Wait for confirmation from the authorities to know if it is safe.
• Check any wet electrical appliance and make sure they’re safe before using them again.
• Check if there is any gas leaks.
• Stay away from damaged power lines.
Remember to stay calm and contact the authorities in case of any emergency.