Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Strong Cyclone Heading for Southern Iran

Published: June 6, 2007

The strongest cyclone ever recorded by scientists in the northwestern Arabian Sea churned up the coast of Oman today and was on track to hit land in southern Iran, sending high winds and waves through a region that is used for oil exports and civilian and military shipping traffic.

The storm, Tropical Cyclone Gonu, had sustained winds over 120 miles per hour and was raising 35-foot-high waves on Tuesday. Today, it had decreased in intensity as it moved northwest, and was expected to weaken over Iran because of its interaction with land, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center of the Defense Department, which tracks such storms in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Maximum significant wave height was recorded at 28 feet and sustained wind speed was about 75 m.p.h., it said.

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