Tropical Cyclones Current Affairs - 2019
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Cyclonic Storm Phethai is the sixth named cyclone of 2018 North Indian Ocean Cyclone season. The previous five named cyclones are Sagar, Mekunu, Luban, Titli and Gaza.
Cyclone Pethai has emerged as a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal around 900 kms off Chennai on 15 December 2018. It was expected to bring heavy rainfalls in the coastal areas of north Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. [stub]
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued advisory to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Lakshadweep archipelago (UT) over cyclonic storm ‘Sagar’. The cyclonic storm was developed as low pressure area in Arabian Sea which gained strength and intensified into depression and later into a cyclone ‘Sagar’. It is the first cyclonic storm of season to develop in Indian waters.
The cyclonic storm lay cantered over Gulf of Aden, about 390 km east-northeast of Yemen’s Aden city and 560 km west-northwest of Socotra Islands. It will made landfall in coastal Somalia. Gale winds speed reaching 70-80 kilometers per hour gusting to 90 kmph are very likely around system centre covering Gulf of Aden and adjoining areas of west central and southwest Arabian Sea for some time and gradually decrease thereafter.