On Friday morning, a deep depression in the Arabian Sea intensified into Cyclone Shaheen, which is expected to strengthen into a severe cyclonic storm’ by nightfall, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The system is heading away from the Indian coast, according to the IMD’s Cyclone Warning Division.
“The cyclonic storm Shaheen proceeded west-northwestwards with a speed of around 20 kmph today over central portions of the north Arabian Sea,” it added.
“It is highly likely to strengthen into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours and travel west-northwestwards for the following 36 hours, skirting the Makran coast (Pakistan). Following that, it is expected to recurve west-southwestwards, travel towards the coast of Oman over the Gulf of Oman, and gradually diminish,” it added.
Cyclone Shaheen originated from the leftovers of Cyclone Gulab, which had made landfall on the east coast on September 26. As it passed across central India, Cyclone Gulab weakened much more, hitting portions of Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. On Friday morning, as its remnants approached the Arabian Sea, they developed into a cyclonic storm.
It’s an uncommon occurrence when a cyclone forms over the Bay of Bengal and travels across the nation to reach the west coast, where it intensifies into a cyclone once more.