Cyclone Hikka: Direct Effects

After a long gap, Cyclone Hikka has formed in the Arabian Sea, very near to the Gujarat coastline. The cyclone has been named by Maldives. This is a Tropical cyclone, which is likely to affect some areas of Oman’s coastline by Tuesday afternoon.

Cyclone Hikka Oman

After a long gap, Cyclone Hikka has formed in the Arabian Sea, very near to the Gujarat coastline. The cyclone has been named by Maldives.

This is a Tropical cyclone, which is likely to affect some areas of Oman’s coastline by Tuesday afternoon.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), “Cyclonic Storm Hikka over Oman and lay centered at 05.30 hours IST of 25 September near lat 19.6 degree North and long 55.9 degree East about 70 kms southwest of Haima. The tropical storm continues to move westward towards the coasts of Al Sharqiyah and Al Wusta Governorates, and the landfall is expected to be between Masirah Island and Ras Al Madraka by 3-7 pm.

Cyclone ‘Hikaa’ has turned into a “very severe storm” moving nearly westwards with a speed of 22 kilometres per hour during past six hours and intensified rapidly over north-west and adjoining west-central Arabian Sea. Hikka at present is 400 km away from the Gujarat coast and 500 km from Pakistan and is currently moving west-northwestward. Hikka is likely to hit the Oman coast, south of Masirah, close to Duqm, which is a port and a refinery in the next 48 hours. Talking about its effect over the Indian mainland, the storm is likely to spare the Gujarat coast with the outflow of the system resulting in clouding and very light rains over Saurashtra and Kutch, that too only today. Thus, no threat lies to the Indian coastline in view of Hikka.

Why is the Cyclone not moving towards India and Pakistan?

The storm has an initial movement in the west-northwest direction; however, the Cyclone will change its course soon. The reason being the presence of an Anti Cyclone over the Arabian Peninsula. This Anti Cyclone will end up restricting the storm’s movement and thus, the system instead of moving westwards will take a southwest path.

The Anti Cyclone is acting as a barrier and not allowing Hikka to gain latitude. On the contrary, Hikka is losing latitude. This is the reason that Hikka has not moved towards Indian Coastline or Pakistan. 

Why is the Cyclone not moving towards India and Pakistan?

The storm has an initial movement in the west-northwest direction, however, the Cyclone will change its course soon. The reason being the presence of an Anti Cyclone over the Arabian Peninsula. This Anti-Cyclone will end up restricting the storm’s movement and thus, the system instead of moving westwards will take a southwest path.

The Anti Cyclone is acting as a barrier and not allowing Hikka to gain latitude. On the contrary, Hikka is losing latitude. This is the reason that Hikka has not moved towards Indian Coastline or Pakistan.

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