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Depression near Maldives intensifies into cyclone, two brews in Arabian Sea

The depression that formed near Maldives has intensified into a cyclone, leaving two devastating storms brewing in the Arabian sea.

As per the latest forecast, the system has concentrated into a depression over Maldives - Comorin and adjoining Lakshadweep area about 200 km east-southeast of Minicoy (Lakshadweep), 380 km southeast of Kavaratti (Lakshadweep) and 220 km west-southwest of Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).

It is expected to move north-westwards across Lakshadweep Islands during next 36 hours and could emerge into east-central Arabian Sea. “It is very likely to intensify into a Deep Depression during next 12 hours and into a Cyclonic Storm during the subsequent 12 hours, most likely by October 31 evening," as per IMD.

The latest forecast suggests that the system is rapidly gaining strength and could become a severe cyclonic storm on November 1.

Previously categorized as a Super Cyclonic Storm, Kyarr has weakened to become an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm, according to a statement from the Indian Meteorological Department.

Tropical Cyclone Kyarr is the strongest storm in the Arabian Sea since Tropical Cyclone Gonu in 2007. Kyarr's peak sustained winds hit 250 kph, whereas Gonu's peak winds reached around 270kph.