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Cyclone Nilofar to hit India

Cyclone Nilofar to hit India
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After Cyclone Hudhud lashed the country this month, the Met department has warned of yet another storm which has been named Cyclone Nilofar.

New Delhi: After Cyclone Hudhud lashed the country this month, the Met department has warned of yet another storm which has been named Cyclone Nilofar. The cyclone is at least two days away from landfall over northwest Gujarat and adjoining Karachi in Pakistan.

Weathermen have issued a pre-cyclone watch for north Gujarat as Cyclone Nilofar took birth in the west-central and adjoining southwest Arabian Sea. On Sunday afternoon, Nilofar was located 1,270 km west-southwest of Mumbai.

The building cyclone is now practically stationary, and will take some time to move north-northwest, but will drag itself into the way of a western disturbance.

Nilofar will be a very severe cyclonic storm ahead of landfall, but not as strong as the predecessor Hudhud that rammed the north coatal Andhra earlier this month.

India Met expects Nilofar to pack peak winds reaching speeds of 120- to 130 km per hour gusting to 145 km per hour.
Hudhud featured ferocious winds topping 175 km per hour and gusting to 195 km per hour.

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