Cyclone Mocha Update Live: It is likely to move in a north-northwest direction and is expected to become a cyclonic storm over southeast and adjoining central Bay of Bengal by Thursday morning.
Cyclone Mocha is expected to cross the coast of southeastern Bangladesh and northern Myanmar on Sunday. Cyclone Mocha Live Update (IMD)
A depression centered about 510 km southwest of Port Blair on Tuesday evening over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining South Andaman Sea was likely to intensify into Cyclone Mocha by Wednesday evening. It is likely to move north-northwestward and is expected to become a severe cyclonic storm over southeast and adjoining central Bay of Bengal by Thursday morning.
Thereafter, it may slowly re-emerge and move north-northeastward and cross southeast Bangladesh and north Myanmar coasts between Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh) and Kyaukpyu (Myanmar) around noon on May 14 (Sunday), India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. on Tuesday.
“The tropical cyclone heat potential, which powers the cyclone, is higher near the coast of Myanmar. The [Bay of Bengal] sea is considerably warmer with sea surface temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius,” said an IMD official.
“Conditions are favorable for this cyclone to intensify, which is why most models show it will become a very severe cyclone.”
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (Pune) climate scientist Roxy Mathew Cole said sea surface temperatures near Myanmar were as high as the rest of the Bay of Bengal – around 30-32 degrees Celsius or 1-2 degrees Celsius above normal. “Subsurface conditions are also warm, but not as warm as the central Gulf.”
Cole said both oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the Bay of Bengal are favorable for cyclone development. “Sea surface temperatures are unusually warm by 1-2 degrees Celsius, and surface heat is also sufficient to provide a constant supply of heat and moisture for cyclone formation and intensification.” Cyclone Mocha Update Live Tracker
Fishermen, small vessels, boats and trawlers have been advised not to venture into the southeastern and central Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.
The IMD has advised restrictions on tourism and offshore activities and shipping near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands till May 12 and shipping activities in the sea areas of south-east and central Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea till May 13.
Rainfall is likely over most parts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands till May 11. Northeast India is expected to record heavy rainfall over the weekend due to the Mocha effect.
What to do in case of a cyclone.
In case of a cyclone, it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Here are some steps you can take:
- Stay informed: Stay tuned to weather reports and updates from official sources like the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and local authorities. Listen to local news broadcasts for information on evacuation orders and other important instructions.
- Evacuate if necessary: If you’re in an area that’s been ordered to evacuate, follow the instructions of local authorities and evacuate as soon as possible. If you’re in a low-lying area or near the coast, move to higher ground or inland.
- Secure your property: Secure your home or building by closing and locking all doors and windows. If possible, reinforce doors and windows with storm shutters or plywood.
- Stock up on supplies: Stock up on non-perishable food, water, batteries, first-aid supplies, and any necessary medications. Make sure you have enough supplies to last for several days.
- Stay indoors: During the cyclone, stay indoors and away from windows and doors. Keep your radio or TV on to stay informed of any updates or changes in the situation.
- Be prepared for power outages: Cyclones can often cause power outages, so make sure you have flashlights, batteries, and other sources of light.
- After the cyclone: Once the cyclone has passed, stay indoors until authorities have given the all-clear. Be cautious when venturing outside, as there may be debris and other hazards.
Remember, the most important thing during a cyclone is your safety. If you’re unsure about what to do, seek advice from local authorities or emergency services.