Vikash Sharma

As predicted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a low pressure area has formed over Southwest adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal on Wednesday. The system is likely to move northeastwards and concentrate into Depression over central parts of Bay of Bengal by May 24.

IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Wednesday stated that as per the forecast, it will continue to move northeastwards and intensify further thereafter. The sea condition is rough and there will be gradual rise in wind speed over Central and north Bay of Bengal from May 23 onwards. Firshermen should not venture into the sea.

To a question whether the system will further intensify into a deep depression or cyclone, the IMD DG said, “We have not issued any forecast so far. When we are saying that that a depression will be formed and it will intensify. What will be its maximum intensification, we have not made any prediction.”

Mohapatra further said usually the chances are high for cyclone if any depression is formed during the month of May. “A detail forecast on what will be its intensity and which coast it will cross will be issued tomorrow (May 23),” said IMD DG.

No Impact On Odisha: IMD DG

IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra informed that as of now there will be no direct impact on Odisha. However, only rainfall warning has been issued for Balasore and Bhadrak districts on May 25 and 26, he said.

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