Cyclone ‘Tej’, which is building over the Arabian Sea, is projected to become a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) around midday on Sunday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Tej, a VSCS (very severe cyclonic storm), was centered over the SW Arabian Sea around 2330 IST on October 21st, about 330 km ESE of Socotra (Yemen), 690 km SSE of Salalah (Oman), and 720 km SE of Al Ghaidah (Yemen). “Very likely to intensify more into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm in the morning of October 22nd,” the IMD said via its X account.
The storm is expected to cross the Arabian Sea between Al Ghaidah (Yemen) and Salalah (Oman) in the early hours of October 25.
The IMD also predicted that it will worsen into a severe depression during the following 24 hours.
“The WML over the Bay of Bengal had formed a Depression and was centered around 2330 IST on October 21st over the west-central Bay of Bengal, about 620 kilometers south of Paradip (Odisha), 900 km SSW of Khepupara (Bangladesh), and 780 km south of Digha (West Bengal), ” the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on X
The weather service previously stated that a low-pressure region over the southeast and surrounding southwest Arabian Sea has formed into a depression and is expected to grow into a severe cyclonic storm by Sunday.
It will continue to move north-northwestwards towards the shores of South Oman and Yemen, it said.