Tropical Storm Phet Headed Toward Pakistan

Sasha Brown-Worsham
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Tropical storm Phet is moving toward Pakistan, on its way to becoming a Category 5 storm.

"Phet was a Category 3 storm on Wednesday, with sustained winds of over 130 mph. It was expected to become a Category 5, the most powerful with winds of over 156 mph, in the next 24 hours," according to Reuters.

Though the storm wasn't expected to make landfall, it was expected to do some damage, including hurricane-strength winds through Friday before moving northeast. The current expectation is that it will head to Pakistan and hit just south of Karachi as a Category 3 storm on Sunday.

"Phet would steer clear of the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of all seaborne oil trade passes, or about 17 million barrels per day," according to Reuters.

Thus far, things were proceeding fine at Operations at Oman LNG, the Sultanate's export facility for liquefied natural gas (LNG), according to an Oman LNG spokesperson who spoke to Reuters.

"The three LNG production facilities, known as trains, are based in Sur in the eastern region, closer to the path of the storm."

This is not the first time Oman has faced such a storm. In 2007, Cyclone Gonu killed more than 50 people in Oman and Iran.

 

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