As Cyclone Maha is brewing up rapidly, Gujarat is on high alert. It might bring heavy rainfall and storm in Maharashtra and Gujarat cities.

Maha Cyclone History

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According to the IMD (India Meteorological Department), Cyclone Maha is likely to bolster on pathway to India. It is on the course through Atlantic Ocean and is on the path to jolt India later this week as it is proceeding with the mightiness.

A terribly Herculean equatorial cyclone known as Super Cyclonic Storm Kyarr has become the first super cyclonic storm over the North Indian Ocean since Gonu in 2007. It was the second-most aggravated equatorial hurricane in North Indian Ocean history, only behind the 1999 Odisha cyclone and the powerful tropical cyclone in the Arabian Sea constantly reported. A low pressure system developed near the equator is known as Kyarr, the seventh depression, fifth named cyclone and the only super cyclonic storm of the annual season. As the storm was moving eastwards on October 24, this tropical storm has intensified to a super cyclonic storm status and started moving westwards thereafter on October 27.

The awfully relentless Cyclone Maha is willing to bend towards Gujarat. Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm will presumably aggravate again till Tuesday after shifting from the west coast of India over the past five days. It might take a turnaround to Gujarat. As per the IMD reports, the tornado is still moving west-northwestwards and strengthened into ESCS (Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm) on Sunday night.

The Maha heads over the Central Arabian Sea – 640 km from Porbandar in Gujarat presently. The projection department suggested that the cyclone may aggravate on Tuesday morning and gradually can be undermined gradually. As per the IMD projections, the tropical storm will keep on moving west-northwestwards and then will bend east-northeastwards. However, there might be a slight variation in terms of landfall schedule and placement forecasts, IMD predicts that Cyclone Maha is seemingly to pass over Gujarat coast between Diu and Porbandar around Wednesday midnight or early hours of Thursday. The cyclonic storm might come with the maximum constant wind speeds of 100-110 kmph during landfalls. Cyclone Maha has formed on Wednesday last week over the Central Arabian Sea off the Southern coast of India. This formation of Cyclone Maha has been marked as the first case of two cyclones taking place over the Arabian Sea in the recorded history.

Maha Cyclone Affected Areas

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Various places of Gujarat and Maharashtra are likely to receive heavy rainfall and tropical storms this week as Cyclone Maha has aggravated into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm today. According to the weather agency Skymet, during the landfall over Gujarat, the cyclone might debase into a Deep Depression. Many areas of Gujarat have already received a heavy rainfall due to the Cyclone Maha. North Konkan as well as North Madhya Mahrashtra have also witnessed moderate to heavy rainfalls due to the cyclonic storm in Bay of Bengal. Cyclone Maha effects will be felt in the certain cities of Gujarat with heavy rainfall like Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Surat, Bharuch, Anand, Ahmedabad, Botad, Vadodara, Porbandar and Rajkot on Wednesday and Thursday. In Maharashtra, Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and certain northern districts are also expected to receive heavy rainfall during Cyclone Maha. The rough sea conditions can also be seen along the Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts from Wednesday morning onwards.

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba met with National Crisis Management Committee to review the preparations for Cyclone Maha. Teams from the State Disaster Relief Force and National Disaster Relief Force are in a position to fight with the aftermaths of the Cyclone Maha.

The fishing activities have been adjourned until Wednesday by India Meteorological Department. The projection department has also foretold destruction to thatched houses, impairment of communication and power lines, major destruction to coastal crops and uprooting of trees. Cyclone Maha might affect the ships from the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy too.

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Considering the projection tracks of IMD and intensity of Cyclone Maha in the making of the Bay, the East coast is also under threat. Odisha-Bengal coasts may also face the destruction due to landfall in certain areas. Severe cyclone Maha has already crossed Lakhwadeep Islands and is ready to threaten the Bay of Bengal. As per the IMD projections, a perspective from November 6 to Novemeber 8 recommended that isolated to scattered light/moderate rainfall along with thunderstorm is expected over Peninsular India and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Rest of the country may face dry weather conditions during this Cyclone Maha. Isolated places of Kerala and Lakshwadeep may also receive heavy rainfall due to severe cyclone Maha. Gujarat is under alarming situation between November 6 to November 8.                                              

Maha Cyclone Images on India Content Website

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