ASHOBAA: A cyclonic storm over east central Arabian Sea
Cyclonic storm ASHOBAA was in news on 8 June 2015 after it developed into a cyclonic storm from only a depression that formed over the Arabian Sea.
The cyclone is centered at 17.9°N and 67.2°E and is lying about 590 km west-southwest of Mumbai and 470 km southwest of Veraval, Gujarat.
According to Skymet Meteorology Division in India, the cyclone would carry heavy rainfall at most places over coastal Karnataka, Konkan and Goa as well as south Gujarat. It will also carry strong winds ranging 70 to 120 kilometers per hour.
ASHOBAA is the first tropical storm of the pre-monsoon season in the Indian seas which developed into a cyclone after sustaining strength.
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) categorises cyclones in various degrees, starting with depression and deep depression, followed by a cyclonic storm.
ASHOBAA is expected to affect the Indian monsoon as in 2014 cyclonic storm Nanauk in Arabian Sea affected the progress of monsoon. It was supposed to hit Mumbai by 10 June 2014 but finally arrived on 15 June 2014.
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