The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning for a severe cyclonic storm, Biparjoy. Here is what you need to know.
Saumya Updated: June 9, 2023 13:01 IST
IMD issues stern warnings over Cyclone Biparjoy
Cyclone Biparjoy is a tropical cyclone that formed over the southeast Arabian Sea on June 6, 2023. It is the first cyclone to form in the Arabian Sea this season. The India Meteorological Department has issued severe cyclonic storm warnings in the coming days. The IMD predicts that cyclonic storm ‘Biparjoy’ will gradually increase over the next 24 hours and move almost northwestwards over the next three days. At 8:30 am, its center was at latitude 14.0°N and longitude 66.0°E, approximately 850 kilometers west-southwest of Goa, 900 kilometers southwest of Mumbai, 930 kilometers south-southwest from Porbandar and 1220 kilometers south of Karachi.
Bangladesh gave the cyclone the name “Biparjoy”. It means “calamity” or “disaster” in Bengali. The name was chosen from a list of names submitted by member countries of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Cyclone Biparjoy is expected to bring heavy rain and winds to the western coast of India. The IMD has issued warnings of heavy rainfall in Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka. The IMD has also warned of strong winds with gusts of up to 160 kilometers per hour.
The cyclone is not expected to cause widespread damage in India, but could cause some flooding and power outages. People are advised to take precautions and stay safe during the cyclone.
Very severe cyclonic storm Biparjoy over east-central Arabian Sea at 2330 hours IST on June 8, 2023 about 840 km west-southwest of Goa, 870 km west-southwest of Mumbai. It will gradually intensify further over the next 36 hours and move almost northwestward over the next 2 days. pic.twitter.com/dx6b3VAEN6
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept)
June 8, 2023
Here are some tips to stay safe during a cyclone:
- Stay indoors and away from windows.
- Do not drive through flooded areas.
- Follow the instructions of local authorities.
- Stay informed about the latest weather conditions.
- Prepare a first aid kit and carry it with you.
- Stay inside.
3D structure of Cyclone Biparjoy, cloud heights reaching 18 km. Source: GPM, JAXA pic.twitter.com/M1xdLdFAIC
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June 9, 2023