Ramakanta Biswas

Amid apprehension of a possible cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, the director general of India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Friday briefed the media and shared details about the weather system. 

Mohapatra said a cyclonic circulation may form over east-central Bay of Bengal around the end of September and the system may concentrate into a low pressure area in October first week. The low pressure may further intensify into a depression. 

"October is a cyclone-prone month for Odisha. Depressions and cyclones are formed in the Bay of Bengal during this month. We have kept a vigil on the system. After a cyclonic circulation develops, a clear picture will emerge and we will share further details," Mohapatra said. 

"As of now, we have not predicted any cyclone. People should not believe in rumours and instead follow the information shared by the IMD," he added. 

Mohapatra said there is a low probability of intensification of the system into a depression.  

"The system may move west-north-westwards. However, when it will reach the coast has not been predicted yet," he added.