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  • Second tropical storm of 2011!

  • Bangladesh on alert!

  • 80 km/h winds might blow!

Tropical storm 02B is the second cyclone of the current year in the north Indian ocean after tropical storm 01A according to the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale (SSHS). On the Indian meteorological department (IMD) scale, it is a deep depression BOB 04.

Tropical storm 02B does not threaten any land of India as far as landfall is concerned, however some rainfall is expected in Mizoram state of India from October 20 morning. Adjoining Myanmar will also see rainfall with strong winds.

Tropical storm’s target: Cox’s Bazar

Cox's Bazar - A hub of cyclones?

The expected track of this tropical storm is Bangladesh’s famous Cox’s Bazar. It is a small town and also has a fishing port. It is a famous tourist attraction in the country, It is also famous for being the world’s longest natural sandy sea beach. It is located 150 km south of Chittagong, second largest city of Bangladesh. Although a number of cyclones hit Bangladesh almost every year, following is the list of cyclones that made landfall along the coast of Cox’s Bazar;

  • October, 1872: Information unknown
  • May, 1963: 1. 11,520 people dead 2. Winds reached 200 km/h
  • December 1965: 1. 800+ dead 2. Winds reached 210 km/h
  • November 1974: 1. 200 dead 2. Winds reached 160 km/h
  • May 1975: 1. 5 dead 2. Winds reached 100 km/h
  • November 1983: 1. 300 dead 2. Winds reached 135 km/h
  • May 1985: 1. 11,069 people dead 2. Winds reached 100 km/h
  • April 1991: 1. 150,000 people dead 2. Winds reached 181 km/h – category-5 super cyclone!
  • May 1994: 1. 400 people dead 2. Winds reached 210 km/h
  • November 1995: 1. 650 people dead 2. Winds reached 190 km/h
  • September 1997: 1. 150 people dead 2. Winds reached 250 km/h
  • May 1998: 1. Winds reached 150 km/h (No deaths)
  • October 2011: ?

Cyclone Giri: The last major thing!

The last major cyclone that formed in the Bay of Bengal was in the year 2010. Cyclone Giri was a powerful hurricane that went through extremely explosive intensification process in just 24 hour period, it went from being a tropical depression to a high-end category-4 hurricane. Giri had winds upto 155 mph and a pressure of 950 mbar. Cyclone Giri made landfall in along the coast of Burma on the Hunter’s Bay on October 22.

Cyclone Giri was being feared to be the next cyclone Nargis that devastated Burma in 2008.

Updates regarding Tropical storm 02B

Update on October 20 at 8:25 pm BDT – LAST UPDATE

Tropical storm 02B has weakened rapidly and lied as a remnant low pressure area over Myanmar – Bangladesh border this morning. Now the system has started to move in a southward direction due to the presence of strong NE monsoonal current off the coast of Myanmar and lies in the north-eastern sector of the Bay of Bengal as a remnant low pressure area.

Update on October 19 at 9:00 pm BDT

“Tropical storm 02B makes landfall”

Tropical storm 02B moving inland

Tropical storm 02B has made landfall near the Bangladeshi coast and it is completely over land as shown in the latest image. Due to the accelerated speed of the storm, heavy rainfall will continue till 36 to 48 hours. The system would gradually weaken due to land interaction and move rapidly in NE direction as a remnant low.

Update on October 19 at 4:00 pm BDT

Storm’s pressure as dropped from 1004 mb to 996 mb, the tropical storm 02B has been and will contine to head in a north-eastern direction. 02B might hit the coast between Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar of Bangladesh by October 19.

Under the influence of this system, strong winds (60 km/h to 70 km/h) along with scattered heavy rainfall expected along the coast of Bangladesh especially Cox Bazar. Some rainfall is expected in Mizoram state of India from October 20 morning. Myanmar, adjoining Bangladesh coast will also see rainfall with strong winds from October 19 evening.

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