Important Facts For Prelims
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- 29 Oct 2019
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Cyclone Kyarr is a tropical cyclone that has intensified west of India in the Northern Indian Ocean’s Arabian Sea as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds.
- According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Kyarr is the first Super Cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea in the last 12 years.
- It is likely to continue its movement north-west towards Oman coast.
- It has been named by Myanmar.
- This made Kyarr the second most intense tropical cyclone on record in the Northern Indian Ocean’s the Arabian Sea.
- The only stronger storm on record in the Arabian Sea was 2007’s category 5 Tropical Cyclone Gonu.
- According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), only four other Category 4 or stronger tropical cyclones besides Kyarr have been recorded in the Arabian Sea, since 1998:
- Gonu, 2007 (165 mph winds, the only cat 5 on record in the Arabian Sea)
- Phet, 2010 (145 mph winds)
- Chapala, 2015 (140 mph winds)
- Nilofar, 2014 (130 mph winds).