Cyclone Pabuk hits Thailand, moves towards Andaman Islands – India Today
A cyclone is heading towards the Andaman Islands and is likely to cross the archipelago this weekend, the weather office warned as it issued a pre-cyclone watch for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The cyclone, named Pabuk, is expected to cause heavy rainfall over the Andaman Islands. The India Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall beginning Friday (January 5) evening. The intensity of the rainfall would increase over the weekend, the IMD said.
Pabuk is a name given by Laos and means a ‘big fresh water fish’.
Cyclone Pabuk is currently over Gulf of Thailand in the western part of South China Sea. The storm has already made landfall in Thailand. Rain, winds and stormy waves hit villages and popular tourist resorts on Thailand’s southeastern coast.
The head of Thailand’s weather department said that heavy rainfall leading to flooding is expected through the night. By tomorrow morning Cyclone Pabuk will emerge out into the Andaman Sea on the west of Thailand, the India Meteorological Department said in its advisory issued today.
The IMD predicted that Cyclone Pabuk will hit the Andaman Islands, which form the northern part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands archipelago, during the evening or night of January 6 (Sunday). Cyclone Pabuk will be preceded by rainfall over the Andaman Islands.
The IMD has predicted that rainfall will commence at many places over Andaman Islands from tomorrow, January 5. Isolated areas of the Andaman Islands will experience heavy rainfall. The intensity of the rainfall is expected to increase on Sunday, January 5, the day Cyclone Pabuk is expected to make landfall.
The IMD has warned of rough seas and has advised that fishing activity be suspended in the Andaman Sea and the adjoining southeast and eastcentral Bay of Bengal.
According to the IMD’s predictions, Cyclone Pabuk will give mainland India a miss. After hitting the Andaman Islands, Cyclone Pabuk is forecast to curve towards the Myanmar coast, steadily losing intensity.