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Super cyclone threat looms over Diwali

04 November 2010

HYDERABAD: The state stood on the brink of a major disaster what with the likelihood of a cyclone hitting the coast between Machilipatnam and Chennai in the next 3-4 days. The depression late in the evening lay centred in the Gulf of Thailand about 1,400 km from AP coast. Weather experts claimed that it has the potential to develop into a tropical cyclone and perhaps a super cyclone.

If it turns into a severe cyclonic storm and then a super cyclone, it could leave a trail of massive destruction, experts warned. About 10,000 people died in the November 19, 1977 Diviseema cyclone, which rendered 70 lakh people homeless, while the killer cyclone that hit Orissa on October 29, 1999 had claimed 15,000 lives.

Christened ‘Jal,’ the centre of pressure of the cyclone had reached 992 hpa (hecta pascals) on Wednesday afternoon as per the numerical models worked out by the experts. “Once the pressure lessens, the intensity of the cyclone increases. With higher wind speed, the cyclonic storm gathers momentum,” said V S N Murthy, senior scientist at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO). As the upper air cyclonic circulation is very intense, the chances of formation of a super cyclone are high, he said….

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Super-cyclone-threat-looms-over-Diwali/articleshow/6868577.cms

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Written by csirindia

November 5, 2010 at 8:26 am

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