The name ‘Biparjoy’ for the cyclone was proposed by Bangladesh, the meaning of the word is ‘Disaster’ or ‘Calamity’ in Bengali. These cyclones are named on a rotational basis by different countries following certain existing guidelines.
A very severe cyclonic storm, namely Biparjoy, was developed in the east-central Arabian Sea that is likely to make landfall between Kutch, Gujarat, and Karachi. This cyclonic storm was located 840 kilometres to the west-southwest of Goa and 870 kilometres to the west-southwest of Mumbai on June 8, 2023, IMD informed in a tweet. They also informed us that the storm can intensify further through the next 36 hours to move north-northwest wards in the next 2 days.
According to an IMD (Indian Meteorological Department) advisory issued on June 8, Thursday, the cyclone will lead to stormy weather with the speed of winds reaching 35-45 kmph along Karnataka, Goa, and Maharashtra coastline in the coming 3 days i.e. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. However, the IMD department has not issued any major impact on countries adjoining the Arabian Sea yet, these countries are Oman, Iran, and Pakistan.
The IMD has also issued a warning of resulting harsh weather conditions over the sea in the southwestern states with an expected speed of winds up to 135-145 kmph which can reach up to 160 kmph over the next three to four days.
On Wednesday, IMD said that the Cyclone has intensified and turned into a very severe storm as it moved northwards at around 2 kmph in the previous 6 hours. They also said that it is likely to move northwards in the next 24 hours maintaining this intensity. After that, it is expected to move north-northwest wards in the next 3 days.
Areas likely to be affected
The areas that are likely to be affected by this cyclone include the coasts of Karnataka-Goa-Maharashtra till the 10th of June. Stormy winds reaching a speed of 145-155 kmph reaching up to 170 kmph are expected over the central Arabian Sea.
According to a report by IMD, the areas that are likely to be most affected by the storm are expected to be the adjoining regions of the west-central and south Arabian Sea. Other than this, north Kerala, Karnataka, and Goa coast are also expected to be affected by this cyclone.
A report by Skymet Weather indicated an increase in rainfall along India’s western coast ranging from Kerala to Maharashtra is also expected. The conditions of the sea are likely to be stormy to very stormy between June 8 to June 10 along Karnataka and Maharashtra coast and between June 9 to 12 along the Gujarat coast.
Heavy rainfall over Andaman and Nicobar Island, Manipur, Kerala, Mizoram, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, and Karnataka for the coming three to four days, and light and adequately spread rainfall with lightning over Lakshadweep, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh during the week, is also predicted.
In the Northwest region, light and isolated rainfall with thunderstorms is very likely over the Western Himalayan Region and adjoining areas during the 2nd half of the week.