India: Severe Weather Warning for Cyclone “Phet”

Cyclone Phet is threatening severe weather of the coast of India in the Arabian Sea. A severe weather warning from the Indian Meteorological Department was issued on June 3rd 2010 and is as follows:

Heavy Rainfall Warning

Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur over Assam & Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh over the next 48 hours.

Cyclone Warning

Sea conditions will be rough to very rough along and off the Gujarat coast and adjoining North Arabian Sea during the next 48 hours. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea off this coast.

Thunderstorm / Squalls

Thunderstorms and squalls may occur at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal & Sikkim and Orissa during the next 48 hours.

The Severe Weather Information Centre gives the projected movement of the cyclone as follows:


Position (lat. 0N/ long. 0E)

Sustained maximum surface wind speed (kmph)



120-130 gusting to 140



120-130 gusting to 140



110-120 gusting to 130



110-120 gusting to 130



110-120 gusting to 130



100-110 gusting to 120



90-100 gusting to 110



80-90 gusting to 110



70-80 gusting to 90

A storm surge of about two metres above the astronomical tide will occur around the time of landfall on the Oman coast.

Infrared image of Cyclone Phet from Satellite Kalpana-1 courtesy of India Met Dept.


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