Muscat – Cyclone Tej, that was downgraded to Cat 1 on Monday, brought moderate to heavy rains as well joy for citizens in several parts of Dhofar.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that Tej, while heading towards the coasts of Dhofar governorate, resulted in heavy rains in several parts of the governorate as its direct effect.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Adnan al Maashani, a resident of the wilayat of Taqah, said that the cyclone created a kind of ‘beautiful atmosphere’, with rains hitting some areas such as Al-Mughassil, Rakhyut, Hasik, Sadah among others.
“We thank God that our areas were not affected by the cyclone, and we also thank the authorities for their efforts in providing shelters to the evacuated citizens and residents. We are following the meteorological guidelines to avoid any effect of the cyclone.”
Another citizen Khalid Tabook from Dhofar said, “The wilayat of Shalim and the Halaniyat Islands witnessed rainfalls of varying intensities as a result of the direct impact of Cyclone Tej, accompanied by active winds that caused some wadis to flow.”
The rains also led to the flow of wadis such as Ashdan, Dahnout, Hadbaram, Rakhyut and Hasik.
“We enjoyed the atmosphere and hope that the cyclone passes without causing much damage.”
As per the data – collected from the rain monitoring stations of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) – Rakhyut recorded 89mm of rainfall from Sunday to Monday 8pm. Dalkhout received 64mm of rainfall, Salalah 56mm, Sadah 19mm, Mirbat 16mm and Al Halaniyat Islands 11mm.
CAA called on everyone to take precautions, not to risk crossing wadis, to stay away from low-lying areas, and not to venture into the sea.