A number of weather forecasters based abroad, meanwhile, reported that the low pressure had developed into a tropical storm, named “Keila’” by the Maldives, and was moving towards India’s Maharashtra-Gujarat coastal areas.
From India, they said, it would likely head for Oman and hit the sultanate on Friday.
Strong rumours of an impending cyclonic storm striking Oman have been taking the rounds here in the past several weeks and had been dismissed as baseless by the country”s weather authorities.
Oman was hit by a powerful cyclone, “Gonu’” in June 2007 bringing unprecedented devastation in its wake. Another cyclone, “Phet”, with far less intensity, struck last year, also in the month of June.