Cyclonic storm ‘Maha’, which was supposed to make landfall in Gujarat, originated from a low pressure area off the southern tip of India on October 30. Later, it slowly intensified, reaching ‘severe’ cyclonic storm status on November 2, ‘very severe’ on November 3 and ‘extremely severe’ on November 4. The storm was expected to make a landfall in Gujarat between November 6 and 7, but spared the state, in a big relief to the people in the region. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Maha fizzled out into the Arabian sea as a ‘depression’. Cyclone Maha LIVE Updates
The name ‘Maha’ was provided by Oman and the cyclonic storm was earlier preceded by cyclones Vayu and Kyarr. Maha was following a similar track as Cyclone Kyarr, which recently became the second-most intense tropical cyclone recorded in the North Indian Ocean. Strong upper-level winds generated by Maha caused Kyarr to weaken. Cyclone Maha over the Arabian Sea started weakening rapidly on Wednesday and turned into a ‘deep depression’, and then a ‘depression’ by Thursday morning, the weatherman said.
The ‘depression’ is about 100 km south of Veraval coast of Gujarat, the IMD said in a release, reported news agency PTI. “It is very likely to move east-northeastwards and weaken into a well-marked low-pressure area off the south Gujarat coast during next 12 hours,” it said.
The weather system would bring light to moderate rain in most parts of Gujarat during the next two days, it added. “‘Maha’ is no longer a cyclone. It has become a depression into the sea without hitting the Gujarat coast. Rain may occur in most districts during the next two days,” the Ahmedabad IMD centre’s director Jayanta Sarkar said.
However, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea during the next 12 hours as the weather conditions there will be “rough to very rough” with wind speed reaching up to 40 to 50 km per hour, said the IMD release. Due to the current weather system, unseasonal rain occurred in many parts of Gujarat between 6 am and 12 noon on Thursday.
During that period, Thasra taluka in Kheda district received the highest 55 mm rainfall, followed by Umarpada in Surat (53mm), Jafrabad in Amreli (36mm), Kukarmunda in Tapi (26mm), Anklav in Anand (25mm) and Godhra in Panchmahal (24mm), a release issued by the Gujarat government said.
Meanwhile, another cyclone ‘Bulbul’ has formed over the Bay of Bengal and is likely to intensify into a “very severe” cyclonic storm over the next two days. It is set to head towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts, skirting Odisha, the IMD said on Thursday. In view of the situation, the state government on Thursday issued a revised advisory asking the districts to brace up for possible flood-like situation and waterlogging.
-With PTI inputs
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