Suryakant Jena

Even as the South-West Monsoon begins to retreat from some parts of India, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are once again going to witness a fresh low pressure from the Bay of Bengal.

The India Meteorological Department IMD) has issued a forecast suggesting that the low pressure is likely to form over North Andaman Sea around October 10. 

The system is very likely to become more marked and move west-northwestwards towards South Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh during the subsequent 4 to 5 days, the IMD said in its weather bulletin on Wednesday.

The possibility of a low-pressure system brewing over the Bay at this time of the year may not be a welcoming sign since the period of the returning monsoon is infamous for unleashing some of the devastating cyclones in the history of the country, particularly the Super Cyclone of 1999.

“Scattered low and medium clouds with embedded intense to very intense convection lay over East-Central adjoining Bay of Bengal. Similarly, scattered low and medium clouds with embedded moderate to intense convection lay over Northeast and rest South of Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea,” said the IMD in its latest RSMC Cyclone bulletin on Wednesday.

As per the weather bureau, the probability of cyclogenesis has been predicted as ‘Nil’ till next 96 hours and ‘Low’ after next 96 to 120 hours.

Recently, cyclonic storm Gulab pummeled through north Andhra and south Odisha coast before making landfall near Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh with a wind speed of 70 to 80 kmph gusting up to 90 kmph. Several parts of south coastal and south Odisha suffered damages to properties due to the storm.