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Cyclone Hudhud named after a bird
Observer Online Desk
Publish Date : 2014-10-09,  Publish Time : 21:24,  View Count : 89
HYDERABAD: Cyclone Hudhud has been named after the national bird of Israel from the list of names suggested by Oman, reports The Times of India.

Cyclone 'Hudhud' derives its name from the Hoopoe bird, a colorful bird found across Afro-Eurasia.

The Indian Meterological Department (IMD) which issues cyclone advisors to eight countries has a list of names contributed by each of them. Every time a cyclone occurs, a name is picked in the order of the names that are already submitted. Each country gets a chance to name a cyclone. After all the countries get their turn, the next list of names is followed.

India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand provide names for cyclone in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal.

According to IMD, tropical cyclones are named to provide ease of communication between forecasters and the general public regarding forecasts and warnings. Since the storms can often last a week or even longer and more than one cyclone can be occurring in the same region at the same time, names can reduce the confusion about what storm is being described, IMD has said.

"The names of cyclones in Indian Seas are not allocated in alphabetical order but are arranged by the name of the country which contributed the name. It is usual practice for a storm to be named when it reaches tropical storm strength (winds of 34 knots)," IMD said.

In the recent past, the cyclones were named Helen (Bangladesh) Lehar (India), Madi (Maldives), and Na-nauk ( Myanmar).

The current cyclone is named Hudud (Oman) and ones that will follow will be called Nilofar (Pakistan), Priya (Sri Lanka) and Komen (Thailand).

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