Mekunu turns into category 1 cyclone, heads toward Salalah

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Tropical storm Mekunu, which is currently headed toward Salalah from the Arabian Sea, turned into a category 1 cyclone last night, according to Times of Oman.

Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah is evacuating all patients who are admitted to its care, with critical cases and dialysis patients being transferred by the Royal Air Force, the Ministry of Health announced.

Patients will be transferred to Muscat, the ministry added.

Local outlets added that plans to evacuate people before tropical storm Mekunu hits parts of the Dhofar and Wusta Governorates are underway, as the nation springs into action to weather the worst of its effects.

Previously, Mekunu was moving toward the Omani coastline at a speed of 136kph, with wind speeds touching up to 90kph.

While parts of the Dhofar Governorate could be severely affected by the storm, the surrounding areas could also experience heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds.

Wind speeds could rise up to 135kph, while waves as high as eight meters could crash onto the seashore.

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