Tropical Cyclone Pubak - PUBAK/PABUK (Bubak)

The weather department makes warnings of the cyclone Pabuk or any other cyclone to state government officials, a four-stage process.

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Tropical Cyclone Pubak - PUBAK/PABUK (Bubak)
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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) subsidiary of the Ministry of Earth Science, Government of India; has informed a yellow alert for the cyclone Pubak/Bubak. The Cyclone Pubak originated in the South China Sea and moved towards the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding neighborhood.

Cyclone Pubak is likely to be the uninvited guest to the Andaman Islands on an immediate weekend. UK's very own Govt. agency MET office claims, the cyclone may have had little or no impact on the West Bengal region.  

However, the super excited tourists in a mood to visit Andaman may find Pubak accompanying them with unpleasant surprises, of heavy rains and stormy winds. Although Cyclone Pubak may not have any impact on West Bengal surroundings, a precaution is greatly advised. Several tourists from West Bengal visit Andaman as a getaway tourist destination.

The three days, 72 hours of gusty winds as forecasted and warned over the Andaman Island accompanied by the heavy rainfall may ruin the plans and could significantly affect those bravely planning to visit the Andaman Island, said DE of meteorology, Meteorological Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal.


The Process of Four Stage Warning (Cyclone Warning)

The weather department makes warnings of the cyclone Pabuk or any other cyclone to state government officials, a four-stage process.

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  1. The very First Stage Warning (PRE CYCLONE WATCH) is released, issued 72 hours (03 days) in advance. This has the information about the formation of cyclones over the North Indian Ocean, likely to escalate into tropical cyclones, and the coastal region to witness and experience the experience unfavorable weather condition. This early information bulletin is issued or released by the DG of IMG with intention and addressed to senior officers of Govt. of India, the Chief Secretaries of maritime states, and the Cabinet Secretary.
  2. The Second Stage Warning (CYCLONE ALERT). Issuance of this warning is 48 hours (02 days) in advance before it advances to the coastal area. This warning comes with the informational data (location likely to get adversely affected, the intensity of the cyclonic storm, and the direction of its advancement). At this stage the fishermen, civilians, Indian media, disaster management agencies and authorities are enlightened. This warning is issued by the Area Cyclone Warning Centres (ACWCs), Cyclone Warning Centre (CWCs), and Cyclone Warning Division (CWD) at their respective Headquarters.
  3. The Third Stage (CYCLONIC WARNING), is sounded 24 hours (a day) in advance before the cyclone hits the foretold coastal region or areas. These warnings are issued by the Area Cyclone Warning Centres (ACWCs), Cyclone Warning Centre (CWCs), and Cyclone Warning Division (CWD) at the interval of 3 hours, educating everyone about the latest progress and current position of the storm. At this stage, Fishermans, civilians, Indian media, disaster management agencies, and authorities are on complete alert.
  4. In the Fourth Stage (POST LANDFALL OUTLOOK), this warning is sounded every 12 hours in advance of the anticipated or presumed time of landfall. It informs about the likely direction of the storm/cyclone after its likely landfall and unfavorable weather scenarios to be witnessed in the interior regions or areas.


Colour Codes - Used Since Monsoon 2006 (National Disaster Management)

  1. CYCLONE ALERT - Yellow.
  2. CYCLONE WARNING - Orange/Saffron.
  3. POST LANDFALL OUTLOOK - Red.