Overall Green alert Tropical Cyclone for HIKAA-19
in Oman, Saudi Arabia

Event summary

Tropical Cyclone HIKAA-19 can have a low humanitarian impact based on the maximum sustained wind speed, exposed population and vulnerability.

GDACS ID TC 1000607
Name HIKAA-19
From - To 22 Sep - 24 Sep
Exposed countries Oman, Saudi Arabia
Exposed population 2 thousand in Category 1 or higher
Maximum wind speed 157 km/h Category 2
Maximum storm surge 0.7 m (24 Sep 15:00 UTC)
Vulnerability Medium (Oman)


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Wind Storm surge Rainfall GDACS score
GDACS 157 km/h 0.7 m n.a. 0.5
Single TC: maximum expected impact (wind, storm surge, rainfall)
HWRF 140 km/h 1.1 m 141 mm 0.5
GFS 61 km/h 0.6 m 190 mm 0.5
ECMWF 58 km/h 0.7 m 274 mm 0.5
Beta Version - All weather systems in the area: maximum expected impact (wind, storm surge, rainfall)
Maximum expected impact (wind, storm surge and rainfall) using different data sources.
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Oman - Tropical Cyclone HIKAA update (ECHO 25 Sep 2019)Wed, 25 Sep 2019 13:05

  • Tropical Cyclone HIKAA continued moving west making landfall over the east coast of Al Wusta Governorate (close to the Duqam airport area) on 24 September with maximum sustained winds of 135 km/h.
  • HIKAA is forecast to further weaken and dissipate over Dhofar Governorate on 25 September.
  • Moderate rain is forecast over Dhofar and Al Wusta Governorates, while locally heavy rain and storm surge are expected over coastal Al Wusta.
  • The Directorate General of Meteorology of Oman issued an advisory for thunderstorms over Masirah Island, Duqam airport area and Yaaloni village.
Oman, Saudi Arabia - Tropical Cyclone HIKAA (ECHO 24 Sep 2019)Tue, 24 Sep 2019 13:09

  • New Tropical Cyclone HIKAA's centre was located offshore approximately 305 km east of the coast of Al Wusta Governorate (eastern Oman), with maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h.
  • HIKAA is forecast to make landfall over coastal Al Wusta on the afternoon of 24 September, with maximum sustained winds up to 145 km/h before moving westward over Al Wusta and Dhofar Governorates on 25 September, with a weakening wind speed of 65-90 km/h.
  • Heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surges are forecast over eastern and northern Oman on 24-25 September.
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NASA-NOAA Satellite Finds Cyclone Hikaa at Oman’s CoastWed, 25 Sep 2019 05:21:00 +0200.

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Arabian Sea in the Northern Indian Ocean and provided forecasters with a view of Cyclone Hikaa’s structure. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Arabian Sea in the Northern Indian
Video: Cyclone Hikka warning issued in OmanWed, 25 Sep 2019 04:47:00 +0200.

The Royal Oman Police have also warned people to take precautions. A cyclonic storm named 'Hikka' is gaining strength in the Arabian Sea and is expected to make a landfall in Oman on Wednesday. According to a release issued by Oman's Publi
Hikaa makes landfall in OmanTue, 24 Sep 2019 22:12:00 +0200.

Muscat: Tropical storm Hikaa lashed central Oman with high winds and torrential rainfall on Tuesday evening, according to Oman’s weather monitoring authority. A family of seven members was rescued by a group of Omanis after they got trapped
NASA-NOAA satellite finds Cyclone Hikaa at Oman's coastTue, 24 Sep 2019 20:33:00 +0200.

IMAGE: On Sept. 24 at 5:30 a.m. EDT (0930 UTC), NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Hikaa along the coast of Oman in the Northern Indian... Credit: Credit: NASA/NOAA/NRL. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satelli

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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (36), (1), WMO (1), INFORM (2),