Tropical Storm Mocha in the Bay of Bengal
The storm system named ‘Mocha’ is brewing in the Bay of Bengal and was upgraded to tropical storm status earlier today. Mocha began as a deep depression in in the southeast Bay of Bengal. It is forecasted to continue moving north and gain strength, predicted to become a typhoon within 24 hours. Mocha’s current wind speeds are 50 mph.
Mocha will likely make landfall near the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh on Sunday, May 14. By that time, it will be upgraded to a ‘cyclonic storm’, or typhoon. It is predicted to cause winds up to 80 mph. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are already experiencing heavy rains from the system. Mocha will trigger heavy rains over north east India on Saturday and Sunday, as it approaches and makes landfall.