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Cyclone ‘Nilofar’ takes shape, may head for west coast

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Oct 26:

The deep depression over the Arabian Sea, which intensified into a cyclonic storm on Sunday, has been named NILOFAR.

NILOFAR ( source -IMD)
NILOFAR ( source -IMD)

The IMD in its bulletin said, “The deep depression over westcentral and adjoining southwest Arabian Sea moved slightly northwards, intensified into a Cyclonic storm, ‘NILOFAR’ and lay centred at 1130 hours IST of 26th October, 2014 near latitude 14.10 N and longitude 62.00 E, about 1270 km west-southwest of Mumbai and 910 km east-southeast of Salalah (Oman).”

The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) predicts the cyclonic storm would head for western Indian coast. In its latest bulletin the JTWC said, the tropical storm (TC) NILOFAR is forecast to turn northwestward in the next 12 hours and after 48 hours the system is expected to re-curve and accelerate northeastward as a mid-latitude shortwave trough deepens over the northern Arabian Sea and begins to modify its track. It will drive the system into western india. The storm is forecast to intensify to a peak of 80 knots ( 148.16 kmph) as favorable environmental conditions allow.