Bhubaneswar: The deep depression over east-central Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm and is likely to hit the Odisha-West Bengal coast on May 26 noon.
"As per our earlier prediction, the deep depression has intensified into a cyclonic storm at 5.30 am today and it remained at about 540 south-southeast from Paradip and 650 km south-southeast from Balasore. The phenomenon was stationary in the last 6 hours," weather expert Rajendra Jenamani said.
It will move in north-northwest direction and will intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow (May 25) morning and a very severe cyclonic storm by May 26 morning, he said.
“As per our latest analysis, it is likely to reach the coast between North Odisha and West Bengal in west-north Bay of Bengal in the early morning on May 26 and make landfall at around noon on the same day,” he maintained.
Under its impact, light to moderate rainfall is likely to occur in coastal parts of Odisha like Khurdha and Puri districts on May 24 night while Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj district are likely to experience heavy downpour on May 25, he pointed out.
The early prediction on wind speed has remained unchanged in the latest analysis. The wind speed will remain 150-165 kmph gusting up to 185 kmph, Jenamani added.