On 28 October Tropical Cyclone Nilofar quickly intensified, strengthening from the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane into a category 4 hurricane with winds of 217km/h, and gusts up to 258km/h.
06 September 2022
28 October 2014
Tropical Cyclone Nilofar, on 25 October, over the Arabian Sea, before moving northwards towards northwest India and Pakistan.
The Meteosat-7 infrared image, from 28 October at 06:30 UTC, shows the cyclone as it started to intensify.
The Metop-B Natural Colour RGB with ASCAT winds overlaid, shows Tropical Cyclone Nilofar transitioning from the equivalent of a Category 4 storm to a Category 3/2 and turning towards the Indian/Pakistani coast.
The ASCAT image shows the strongest winds at the time were around 93km/h.
It was forecast to weaken further before making landfall on the Indian coast.
Cyclone Nilofar gathering strength in the Arabian Sea (YouTube)
Warnings from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)
Cyclone Nilofar Targets India's Gujarat State, Southern Pakistan (The Weather Channel)
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