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Tropical Storm Mahasen (01B) Weakening into Low Pressure Area Since Landfall

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May 17th, 2013 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Mahasen (01B) – May 16th, 2013

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Track of Tropical Storm Mahasen  (01B) - May 14th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 01B

As of 0100 IST (1930 UTC), 17 May 2013, Tropical Storm Mahasen (01B)  had weakened into a Depression and was located near latitude 25°N and longitude 93.5°E, about 40 km (25 mi) west-northwest of Imphal. The storm is forecast to weaken into a low pressure area in the next 12 hours. Sustained maximum surface wind speed is estimated at 45 km/h (28 mph), gusting to 65 km/h (40 mph).

The system made landfall over the Bangladeshi coast about 30 km (19 mi) south of Feni on May 16. In preparation for the storm, large-scale evacuations were recommended for parts of Myanmar; however, this ultimately resulted people overcrowding boats to escape. As a result, one or several vessels capsized, killing at least eight people. The storm’s expansive cloud mass also brought unsettled weather to Sri Lanka, Thailand, and southeastern India. Severe storms in India and Sri Lanka were responsible for at least 15 fatalities and significant damage; one person was killed in Thailand.

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