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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The name has been given by Qatar which is a part of the member countries for the naming of a tropical cyclone in the Indian Ocean
  • In 48 hours the Cyclone Shaheen will continue to move west-northwestwards close to Pakistan Makran coasts, moving away from the Indian coast
  • The Coast Guard Headquarters at Porbandar, Okha, and stations in Gujarat have been put on high alert and standby

Today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that in a rare weather event, the cyclonic storm ‘Gulab’ has weakened into a depression and is likely to be re-born as cyclone ‘Shaheen’ in 2-3 days. The name has been given by Qatar which is a part of the member countries for the naming of a tropical cyclone in the Indian Ocean.

Taking to Twitter, IMD cited that the depression centered over Telangana and adjoining areas of Marathwada and Vidarbha is likely to weaken into a well-marked low-pressure area during the next six hours. It added that the weather system developed due to cyclone Gulab is likely to emerge into the northeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Gujarat coast around Thursday evening and there is a likelihood for it to further intensify over the northeast Arabian Sea. In 48 hours it will continue to move west-northwestwards close to Pakistan Makran coasts, moving away from the Indian coast.

Immediately after the announcement, the Indian Coast Guard was seen warning the fishermen to return to the harbor. The Coast Guard Headquarters at Porbandar, Okha, and stations in Gujarat have been put on high alert and standby. A team of NDRF has been prepositioned at Osmanabad, Maharashtra.

According to the weather forecasts, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places over the Gujarat region, Madhya Maharashtra and Konkan, and Goa. Meanwhile, West Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, and Yanam, Telangana, Coastal and North Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, and Kerala is also likely to receive heavy rainfall.

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