Earth Watch Report - Storms
|Active tropical storm system(s)|
|Name of storm system||Location||Formed||Last update||Last category||Course||Wind Speed||Gust||Wave||Source||Details|
|Mahasen (01B)||Indian Ocean||09.05.2013||13.05.2013||Tropical Depression||310 °||93 km/h||120 km/h||6.40 m||JTWC|
Storm Mahasen targets Bangladesh, Myanmar
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh – Bangladesh warned millions of people Monday, May 13, that a cyclone could barrel into their coastal homes later this week as authorities in Myanmar began moving potential victims to higher ground.
The Bangladesh Meteorological Department said that while it was too soon to predict where cyclonic storm Mahasen would hit, it raised its alert to four, meaning “there are increased chances that the cyclone will hit the coast”.
The department’s deputy head Shamsuddin Ahmed said Mahasen was currently in the Bay of Bengal, 1,355 kilometers (840 miles) south west of Chittagong, and could make landfall in the southeast of the country on Thursday.
“Mahasen is still a cyclonic storm. It has not gathered enough strength to become a severe cyclone. But it is likely to intensify further,” he told AFP.
The government has made preparations for the cyclone, but will wait until it has firmer information as to where it would make landfall before issuing any evacuation order, Chittagong provincial administrator Muhammad Abdullah said.
“We’ve alerted the people living in coastal areas, but have not evacuated any of them because we still don’t know where the cyclone will hit. But we’re fully prepared to face any situation,” he told AFP.
He said authorities have set up logistics support and kept cyclone preparedness volunteers, doctors and officials ready for the cyclone.
Around 30 million of Bangladesh’s population of 153 million live along the coast, and Chittagong is the country’s second largest city.
Monday’s warning from Bangladesh echoed a similar alert from Myanmar’s Department of Meteorology and Hydrology at the weekend.
NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this visible image of a well-rounded Tropical Cyclone Mahasen in the Northern Indian Ocean on May 15 at 07:55 UTC (3:55 a.m. EDT). Mahasen is northeast of Sri Lanka and moving northward. Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team NASA Sees a Strengthening Tropical Cyclone Mahasen
The first tropical cyclone in the Northern Indian Ocean this season has been getting better organized as seen in NASA satellite imagery. Tropical Cyclone Mahasen is projected to track north through the Bay of Bengal and make landfall later this week.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Mahasen in the Northern Indian Ocean on May 15 at 07:55 UTC (3:55 a.m. EDT). The image was created by NASA’s MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and showed Mahasen had consolidated over the last two days. Mahasen appeared rounded and its strongest thunderstorms appeared to be surrounding the center of circulation. The center also appears to be topped with a large dense overcast. The image showed Mahasen’s center was northeast of Sri Lanka, although a band of strong thunderstorms south of the storm’s center were affecting the island nation at the time of the image.
- Tropical Cyclone Mahasen (TC 01B) moves further northward into the Bay of Bengal. TC Mahasen is now located east-nort heast of Sri Lanka and is expected to impact areas from northeast India to Bangladesh and Myanmar. (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- Tropical Cyclone #01B #ONE #MAHASEN 110900Z near 8.0N 89.8E, moving NW at 11 knots (JTWC) – 110513 1130z (goatysnews.wordpress.com)
- Tropical Cyclone #01B #ONE #MAHASEN 130900Z near 12.1N 86.3E, moving NW at 04 knots (JTWC) – 130513 0900z (goatysnews.wordpress.com)
- Cyclone Mahasen Updates For Bangladesh and Myanmar (disaster-report.com)
- Bay of Bengal Tropical Storm Mahasen remains a dangerous threat (wunderground.com)
- NASA sees 2 tropical cyclones competing in the Indian Ocean (eurekalert.org)
- Cyclone twins form in the Indian Ocean (metofficenews.wordpress.com)
- Dangerous Cyclone Mahasen gathering strength in the Bay of Bengal (wunderground.com)
- ‘Mahasen’ could bring more rain (thehindu.com)
- Bangladesh expects cyclone to make landfall on Thursday, issues alert (straitstimes.com)