Cyclone Ockhi Weakens, Unlikely to Affect Nepal's Election

Cyclone Ockhi Weakens, Unlikely to Affect Nepal's Election

Dec. 6, 2017, 8:40 a.m.

As Ockhi Cyclone moving to the east, Nepal will feel unlikely to face effect of cyclone Ockhi across the country. The effect of the cyclone will be comparatively low and only remnants may remain by December 7, Election Day. Cyclonic storm Ockhi has already turned into a “deep depression” and may hit south Gujarat only as a “depression”.

The effect of the Arabian Sea-based cyclone Ockhi has begun to appear in the Nepali sky. Meteorological Forecasting Division said the Ockhi cyclone-formed clouds entered Nepal yesterday from the western parts and spread across the country today The Himalayan Times Report.

According to a meteorologist at the MFD Suvash Rimal, though moisture in the cloud seems very low, brief rain in hilly and Tarai regions, and moderate snowfall in mountain areas can be expected across the country tomorrow. He said tomorrow is likely to be the most affected day in Nepal.

It is said that the very severe cyclonic Storm Ockhi is an active tropical cyclone currently threatening and impacting India, and is the most intense storm to traverse the Arabian Sea since Cyclone Megh in 2015.

The strongest storm of 2017 in the north Indian Ocean, Ockhi originated from an area of disturbed weather near Sri Lanka on November 29.

With Cyclone Ockhi made landfall in south Gujarat, Maharashtra went on a state of high alert to tackle the side-effect of the stormy weather.

The IMD has already forecast rains with thundershowers in and around Mumbai with squalls reaching 50-60 kmph and touching 70 kmph in the coastal areas over the next two days, with minimum temperatures hovering around 23 degrees Celsius.

Cyclone Ockhi has claimed at least 25 lives in Kerala; over 690 fishermen have been rescued so far. The cyclone has taken 13 lives in Tamil Nadu, and over 167 people are reported missing

The cyclone is expected to make landfall at Gulf of Khambhat and Surat, 90 km from Maharashtra, on Wednesday, 6 December. The cyclone has moved away from Lakshadweep islands and moved towards the coast of south Gujarat .

Cyclone Ockhi is gradually weakening into a depression and may not hit the Gujarat coast near Surat as predicted earlier, the Meteorological Centre said in Ahmedabad on Tuesday night.

Cyclonic storm Ockhi has already turned into a “deep depression” and may hit south Gujarat only as a “depression”.

“It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards, weaken further and cross south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a depression by tonight (5 December 2017),” Indian Meteorological Division read.

 

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