Cyclone Mocha was named after the Red Sea port city, Mocha, in Yemen. The name was proposed by Yemen to honor the city's contribution to introducing coffee to the world over five centuries ago.
The formation of Cyclone Mocha started as a low-pressure system in the southeast Bay of Bengal.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded an alert for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands due to the approaching Cyclone Mocha.
The IMD has predicted that the low-pressure system will escalate into a severe cyclonic storm between May 9 and May 10.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are already experiencing the potential impacts of the low-pressure system, with predictions of heavy to extremely heavy rainfall from May 8 to May 11.
Fishermen have been directed to return to the coast by the afternoon of May 7, and all seaside activities have been suspended in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Winds in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are forecasted to reach speeds of 60 to 90 km, and in some areas, up to 100 km, posing a danger to life and property.
The IMD has recommended residents in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to remain indoors and avoid travel during the storm.
Typical tourism and offshore operations have been advised to halt between May 8 and May 11 in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The development of Cyclone Mocha is worrisome for coastal regions throughout the area, including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha.
The IMD has encouraged individuals to remain alert and adhere to safety guidelines in the event of an emergency.
The IMD warning has placed numerous states across the nation on high alert, with local disaster response teams prepared to act in case of an emergency.
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