Weather Updates: Severe cyclonic storm  to likely hit West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts by May 26 midnight

According to the Meteorological Department, a depression in the Bay of Bengal is anticipated to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm, poised to make landfall between Sagar Island in West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh around midnight on May 26. This impending weather system is expected to bring heavy rainfall to coastal districts of both states.

Presently situated over the central Bay of Bengal, approximately 810 km south of West Bengal’s Canning, the system is forecasted to intensify into a cyclonic storm by the morning of May 25. Moving in a northward direction, it is anticipated to further concentrate into a severe cyclonic storm by the evening of the same day.

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The severe cyclonic storm is predicted to cross the coasts of West Bengal and Bangladesh between Sagar Island and Khepupara around midnight on May 26. Consequently, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in the coastal districts of West Bengal on May 26 and 27.

The Meteorological Department has issued warnings of heavy to very heavy rain, along with gusty winds reaching speeds of 90 to 100 kmph in certain districts. Fishermen have been advised against venturing into the sea in the northern Bay of Bengal until the morning of May 27.

Additionally, Odisha is likely to experience light to moderate rain and thundershowers from May 25 onwards, with heavy rainfall anticipated in isolated places, particularly in Balasore district on May 26. Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, and Mayurbhanj are expected to receive rainfall on May 27 as well.

Residents of the affected areas are urged to stay updated on weather forecasts and take necessary precautions to ensure safety.