Cyclone Biparjoy rapidly intensifies into severe cyclonic storm


The first storm to form in the Arabian Sea this year, Cyclone Biparjoy has quickly grown into a powerful cyclone. According to forecasters, it will have a weak impact on areas beyond the southern peninsula and will only cause a light monsoon to begin over Kerala.

“Cyclonic storm Biparjoy over east-central and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea moved nearly northwards with a speed of 2 kmph during the last six hours, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred over the same region at 0530 hours, about 890 km west-southwest of Goa, 1,000 km southwest of Mumbai, 1,070 km south-southwest of Porbandar and 1,370 km south of Karachi,” the IMD said in an update around 8:30 am.

Forecasting agencies said the storm has been undergoing rapid intensification.