Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: Director General of India Meteorological Department Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Wednesday warned that a fresh cyclone might hit the coast between Odisha and West Bengal on May 26.

Speaking exclusively to OTV, Mohapatra informed that a low-pressure system will develop around Andaman Sea and its neighbourhood on May 22. It will intensify during the subsequent 72 hours and turn into a cyclonic storm by May 25. 

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As per the present trend, if the system turns into a cyclone, it is likely to move in north-westward direction and make landfall between Odisha and West Bengal coast in the morning hours of May 26

Since the system is yet to develop, so its exact track and time of landfall and maximum intensity cannot be predicted right now. We will continue to monitor the system and subsequently inform on more updates, he said.

Sea will turn rough and coastal parts of Odisha might start experiencing rainfall and windy conditions from May 25 evening onwards, said Mohapatra.

The IMD DG also cautioned fishermen not to venture into areas in east-central Bay of Bengal and north Andaman sea between May 21 and 24. Similarly, they have also been asked to avoid moving into north Bay of Bengal from May 24 to 27.

It may be noted that after formation, the cyclone will be called Yaas, a name given by Oman.