The depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards and is likely to move north-northwestwards and intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm Mocha over the same region.
The name of the cyclone Mocha (Mokha) is suggested by Yemen after the Red Sea port city Mokha, which introduced coffee to the world 500 years ago. Although cyclone cannot be prevented, there are many ways by which one can be made aware of them.
What to do During the Cyclone?
- Monitor the radio or television for weather conditions updates.
- Do not go outside, even if the storm appears to have subsided.
- Stay away from all windows. Close the windows and pull the curtains to catch glass if the windows break. For extra protection, hang blankets against them.
- Make sure wall hangings are secure and take inside the art that hung on outside and elevated off the floor.
- Unplug any appliance you can do without in case of power surges, as those can damage them.
- If power is lost, turn off all major appliances to reduce the chances of damage of a power surge.
- Do not handle electrical equipment and do not use the telephone except in an emergency.
- Move cars to higher ground or park them in your garage against the garage doors. Do not park under trees, power lines or in low-lying areas.
- Gather torches, a portable radio, extra batteries, non-perishable food, bottled water, cash, blankets, clothing and toiletries.
What to do after the cyclone has passed?
- When power is restored to your home, do not start all major appliances at once; turn them on gradually to reduce damage to sensitive equipment.
- Do not use electrical or gas appliances that have been wet, and do not turn on damaged appliances because of the hazards of electric shock or fire.
- Never use charcoal indoors because burning charcoal produces high levels of carbon monoxide that can reach lethal levels in enclosed spaces.
- Never use a generator indoors, including garages, even with ventilation. Exhaust fumes contain high levels of carbon monoxide which can be deadly if inhaled. Even when left outside, keep generators away from doors and windows and at least 10 feet away from your home. Also, allow your generator to cool off before refilling it as fuel splashing on hot generator components can lead to fire.