New Delhi: Cyclonic storm ‘Tej’ taking form in the southwest Arabian Sea, is expected to turn into a ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ (VSCS) before noon on Sunday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
Taking to X, the weather office posted, “”VSCS (very severe cyclonic storm) Tej lay centered at 2330 IST of 21st Oct over SW Arabian Sea about 330 km ESE of Socotra (Yemen), 690 km SSE of Salalah (Oman), and 720 km SE of Al Ghaidah (Yemen). Very likely to intensify further into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm in the forenoon of 22nd Oct.”
VSCS Tej lay centered at 0530 IST of 22nd Oct over WC & adj SW Arabian Sea about 240 km ESE of Socotra (Yemen), 600 km SSE of Salalah (Oman), and 620 km SE of Al Ghaidah (Yemen). Very likely to intensify further into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm in the forenoon of 22nd Oct. pic.twitter.com/K8kMq3nUMD
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) October 22, 2023
According to IMD, the cyclonic storm is expected to cross Al Ghaidah in Yeman and Oman’s Salalah in the early hours of October 25.
“It is expected to turn into a severe cyclonic storm by the evening of October 22 and move towards the south Oman and Yemen coast,” Manorama Mohanty, director of the Meteorological Centre in Ahmedabad said, as reported by news agency PTI.
“Since the cyclone would move towards west-northwest, it may not have any impact on Gujarat (which lies to the east). Weather in Gujarat will remain dry for the next seven days,” she added.
According to the PTI report, Gujarat’s relief commissioner Alok Kumar Pandey said as of now there was no threat to the state due to the storm.
Earlier on Saturday, the weather department had said that a low-pressure area over the southeast and the adjoining southwest Arabian Sea has developed into a depression and will most likely intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by Sunday.
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