Bhubaneswar: The deep depression over East-central Bay of Bengal, which had remained practically stationary during past 6 hours, today intensified into cyclonic storm.
It is situated about 600 km north-northwest of Port Blair (Andaman Islands), 540 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 650 km south-southeast of Balasore (Odisha) and 630 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal), as per the latest bulletin issued by the IMD.
It is very likely to move slowly north-northwestwards and intensify further into a 'severe cyclonic storm' during the next 24 hours and into a 'very severe cyclonic storm' during the subsequent 24 hours. It will continue to move north-northwestwards and reach Northwest Bay of Bengal between north Odisha and West Bengal coasts by the morning of May 26, the bulletin added.
The cyclone is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar islands around May 26 noon as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm, the bulletin read.
(i) Rainfall Warning:
Odisha: Light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy falls at isolated places over south
Coastal Odisha on May 24- heavy to very heavy rainfall in the north coastal districts on May 25, heavy to very heavy rains at a few places with extremely heavy falls in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj and heavy to very heavy falls at a few places in Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Jajpur, Keonjhar on 26th May and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in north interior Odisha on May 27. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over south coastal districts of Odisha during 25th and 26th May.
(ii) Wind warning:
Gale winds speed reaching 60–70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph prevailing over West-central adjoining East-central Bay of Bengal. It is very likely to increase further becoming Gale wind speed reaching 80 to 90 gusting to 100 kmph over major parts of central Bay of Bengal by May 24 evening and would decrease gradually thereafter.
Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting 60 kmph is very likely to prevail over North Bay of Bengal and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal along and off north Andhra Pradesh-Odisha–West Bengal–Bangladesh coasts from 24th afternoon. It would increase gradually becoming 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from 25th evening.
It would further increase becoming gale wind speed 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph from May 26 early hours over northwest Bay of Bengal and along and off West Bengal & north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts. It would gradually increase further becoming 90-100 gusting to 110 kmph from 26th morning and increase thereafter becoming 155-165 kmph gusting to 180 kmph at the time of landfall.
Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting 60 kmph is very likely to prevail over south Jharkhand from on 26th noon and increase gradually becoming 110-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph during 26th evening / night.
Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph likely over north interior districts of Odisha, interior districts of Gangetic West Bengal from May 26 evening to 27 morning.
Squally wind speed reaching 50–60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph prevailing over east-central Bay of Bengal and adjoining north Andaman Sea during next 12 hours.
(iii) Sea condition
Sea conditions are High to Very High over Westcentral & adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal. It is very likely to become Very High to Phenomenal over northern parts of central Bay of Bengal, north Bay of Bengal and along & off north Andhra PradeshOdisha–West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts during 24th – 26th May.
(iv) Fishermen Warning
The fishermen are advised not to venture into central Bay of Bengal during May 24–25 and into north Bay of Bengal and along & off north Andhra Pradesh-Odisha-West Bengal–Bangladesh coasts from May 24 – 26.
IMD advised those who are out in the deep sea of north and adjoining central Bay of Bengal to return to the coast.