Cyclone Tej and Hamoon: Rare twin storms brewing near India
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the Cyclonic storm ‘Hamoon' has intensified into a severe cyclone.
According to IMD Cyclone Hamoon is likely to further intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm before it is expected to cross the Odisha coast from a distance of about 200 km.
“It is likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm in a few hours as the system moves in the Bay of Bengal at a speed of 21 kmph,” the IMD said in a bulletin.
Thereafter, it is likely to weaken gradually while moving northeastwards and cross the Bangladesh coast between Khepupara and Chittagong around Tuesday evening as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph, the weather office said.
Where will Cyclone Hamoon make landfall
‘Hamoon', which was a name given by Iran, lay centered at 5.30 am at about 230 km east-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 240 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal), 280 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh) and 410 km southwest of Chittagong (Bangladesh), it said.
“The cyclone, which passes in the sea, will remain about 200 km from Odisha coast and therefore, no major impact is expected in the state other than light to moderate rainfall in the coastal areas,” a Met Department official said.
The deep depression that had formed over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclone on Monday evening.
Hamoon was one of the two cyclones that had formed simultaneously in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.
When did Cyclone Tej make landfall
Extremely severe Cyclone Tej, which was named by India, crossed the Yemen coast in the early hours of Wednesday.
According to the IMD, Tej is likely to weaken into a cyclonic storm and move further north-westward.
The low-pressure area in the southwest Arabian Sea had intensified into a cyclonic storm on Saturday morning.
This was one of the rare cyclones in the Arabian Sea, during this time of the year.
In June this year cyclone Biparjoy, which originated in the Arabian Sea, had ripped through Kutch and parts of Saurashtra in Gujarat.
Cyclones Tej and Hamoon were the first time since 2018 that the north Indian Ocean has experienced the development of twin cyclones. The last such twin cyclones 'Luban' and 'Titli' were recorded in 2018.
Several studies have linked the changing patterns and increasing intensity of cyclones in both the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea to Climate Change.