Cy­clone or­ange alert is­sued for coastal ar­eas

The Myanmar Times - - News -

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

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