Cyclone orange alert issued for coastal areas
MYANMAR is on alert for a cyclonic storm – the first of the season – headed its way.
Over the weekend, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology announced an “orange” alert as a depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified and moved northeast toward the coast. “Orange” means the track of the storm is heading for landfall in Myanmar.
The department announced yesterday that the depression is expected to intensify and develop into a cyclone within 24 hours. This would be the first such cyclone to have developed over the Indian Ocean this cyclone season.
Cyclones tend to occur in October and November due to unstable atmospheric conditions, according to U Kyaw Lwin Oo, director of the DMH.
“We need to be aware of cyclones in this period [as] the rain continues in October and November,” he said, adding that conditions must be monitored in case an La Niña develops before the end of the year.
The Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast that the formation of a “significant tropical cyclone” within the next 12-24 hours was “possible”.
Rain is expected to be “fairly widespread” throughout the country, with isolated heavy showers in Yangon and Ayeyarwady regions as well as Rakhine State. According to the department’s forecast, strong winds are also likely along the coastal areas and the delta, with gusts up to 40 miles (64 kilometres) per hour. Rough seas are expected and fishermen advised to take precautions.
The heavy downpours will likely continue over the next one or two days.
The total rainfall between October 20 to 26 in the coastal area is expected to amount to 10 to 12 inches (25-30 centimetres), said U Kyaw Lwin Oo.
– The Myanmar Times