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INDIA METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT
The Cyclonic Storm ( MALA ) over southeast Bay of Bengal remained practically stationary and lay centred at 2030 IST of 25th April 2006 near Lat. 10.00 N and Long. 89.50 E, about 400 km southwest of Port Blair and 1100 km southeast of Chennai. The system is likely to intensify further and move slowly in northwesterly direction.
Under its influence, isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall accompanied with squally winds speed reaching 65-75 kmph is likely over Andaman & Nicobar Islands during next 48 hours.
Joint Typhoon Warning Center
TROPICAL CYCLONE (TC) 02B, LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 540 NM SOUTHWEST
OF YANGON, MYANMAR, HAS TRACKED NORTHWARD AT 03 KNOTS OVER THE PAST
06 HOURS. RECENT ANIMATED INFRARED AND UPPER AIR ANALYSIS INDICATE
02B REMAINS IN AN AREA OF MODERATE SOUTHEASTERLY VERTICAL WIND
SHEAR. THE VERTICAL WIND SHEAR IS LIMITING DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEAR
PERIOD. AS 23P (MONICA) TRACKS SLOWLY NORTHWARD IN A WEAK STEERING
ENVIRONMENT, SLIGHT INTENSIFICATION WILL OCCUR DUE TO PROXIMITY TO
MIDLATITUDE WESTERLIES. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 251800Z
IS 19 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS AT 260900Z AND 262100Z.
Originally posted by jrod
That area is very vulnerable to storm surge, most structures poorly constructed, and the people are poor and often aren't given warning of an approaching storm. A bit north of where Mala is expected to make landfall is where the deadlist tropical cyclone in history made landfill killing well over 100,000.
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