Following the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) warning of cyclonic storm “Mocha,” a number of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) units have been placed on high alert.
IMD forecasted on Wednesday that the depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal will move northwest, then move most likely north-northwest, before gradually intensifying into a cyclonic storm over the same area. By Friday, May 12, the depression is predicted to strengthen into a cyclonic storm with winds of up to 130 kmph over the southeast and adjacent central Bay of Bengal.
In a bulletin published on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that cyclone Mocha will become a severe storm by midnight over the central Bay of Bengal.
The IMD said that during the next five days, there could be heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, and gusty winds for Kerala and Mahe.
Teams from the National Disaster Response Force reach Digha, West Bengal. For the 12th and 13th of May, there will be announcements asking fishermen and tourists not to enter the water.
IMD has issued a warning for heavy to very heavy rain for the Andaman and Nicobar islands tomorrow as well as for moderate rain in Kerala, Odisha, and Karnataka as cyclone Mocha strengthens into a severe storm.
“Cyclonic storm Mocha over the southeast Bay of Bengal about 510 km west-southwest of Port Blair, 1190 km south-southwest of Coxs Bazar (Bangladesh). To intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by midnight of today,” tweeted IMD.
Cyclonic storm Mocha will intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by midnight of Thursday, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.