Byline By- Balkrishna
State authorities Wednesday met district administration along the costal belt, alerting them on a cyclonic storm creating over gangetic West Bengal and prone to make landfall over the next two to three days.
Officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday evening said that a low-pressure framework could take birth inside the following 48 hours and it holds the possibility to increase into a cyclone. This system will foster near the north Andaman Sea around May 22 and reach either Odisha or West Bengal by the evening of May 26.
This storm will be the second to form in 2021 and the first over the Bay of Bengal this year. When the cyclone structures, it will obtain the name Yaas, given by Oman.
The state meteorological department has already put an alert saying, “A low pressure area is very likely to form over (the) North Andaman Sea and adjoining East Central Bay of Bengal around 22nd May, 2021. It is very likely to intensify gradually into a Cyclonic Storm during the subsequent 72 hours. It is very likely to move northwest-wards and reach West Bengal – Odisha coasts around 26th May, 2021 evening.”
The Met office further said, “Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places very likely to commence in the coastal districts of West Bengal from 25th evening with significant increase in spatial extension and intensity subsequently over the districts of Gangetic West Bengal. Squally wind speed reaching 45–55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to prevail over Andaman Sea & adjoining East-central Bay of Bengal on 23rd May. It is very likely to increase becoming 50–60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from 23rd May and further becoming Gale wind speed during 24th – 26th May over major parts of central Bay of Bengal and into North Bay of Bengal and along & off Odisha – West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts during 25th – 27th May.”
The weather report further said conditions will be “rough to very rough over Andaman Sea & adjoining East Central Bay of Bengal on 23rd May, high to very high over major parts of Central Bay of Bengal during 24th – 26th May and into North Bay of Bengal and along & off Odisha – West Bengal coasts during 25th – 27th May”.