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Cyclone Remal update: West Bengal, Bangladesh on alert as severe cyclone to hit on May 26; heavy rains predicted

Cyclone Remal update: A cyclonic storm developing in the Bay of Bengal is likely to reach near the coasts of West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh on Sunday i.e. May 26 as a severe cyclonic storm, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

IMD took to X on May 23 and wrote, “Well-marked Low-Pressure Area over west central & adjoining south Bay of Bengal moved northeastwards during past 12 hours and lay over the same area at 1730 IST of 23 May. Very likely to concentrate into a Depression over central parts of Bay of Bengal by the morning of 24th May.”

“Thereafter, to continue moving northeastwards, intensify further as the cyclonic storm over east central BOB by 25th May morning. Subsequently, it would move nearly northwards and reach near Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal coasts by 26th May evening as a severe cyclonic storm,” it said.

The meteorological department has issued rainfall warnings over West Bengal’s coastal districts, adjoining districts of North Odisha, and North East India.

As per the bulletin shared by IMD, light to moderate rainfall is expected in most areas on Maay 26 and 27. The showers will be accompanied by heavy rainfall forecasted at isolated locations in the coastal districts of West Bengal, North Odisha, Mizoram, Tripura, and South Manipur.

In numerous areas, the plausibility of light to moderate rain with heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places in the coastal districts of North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, and Purba Medinipur in West Bengal, added the IMD.

The weather department has also issued a warning for the Fishermen and said, “They are advised not to venture into the south Bay of Bengal till 24th May, central Bay of Bengal till 26th May, and North Bay of Bengal from 24th May onwards till the morning of 27th May. Fishermen out at sea are advised to return to the coast.”

Apart from the rainfall, IMD has also issued wind warnings and rough sea conditions. The adjoining areas of the North Bay of Bengal are likely to experience gale wind speeds reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph from the 25th of May morning. “It would further increase becoming 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph over north Bay of Bengal and 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph over adjoining central Bay of Bengal from 26th morning for subsequent 24 hours,” IMD said.

Along and off the coasts of Bangladesh, West Bengal, and the adjoining North Odisha, there’s a possibility of squally winds with speeds ranging from 40-50 kmph, gusting up to 60 kmph from the evening of 25th May.

The IMD, regarding rough sea conditions, stated that the central Bay of Bengal will experience rough to very rough sea conditions from the morning of May 25th, while the North Bay of Bengal will encounter high to very high sea conditions from the evening of May 25th until the morning of May 27th.

(With inputs from ANI)

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