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May 16, 2020
12:20PM

Low pressure in Bay of Bengal intensifies into depression, severe storm likely in 24 hours: IMD

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The Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, IMD today said, the low pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal concentrated into depression has formed over Southeast Bay of Bengal. It is likely to intensify into a Cyclonic storm by today evening and further into a severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours.

IMD said, it is very likely to move north-northwestwards initially and then re-curve north-northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal. IMD has predicted light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places over Andaman and Nicobar Islands today. Coastal Odisha is likely to experience light to moderate rainfall with heavy falls at isolated places from the evening of 18th May and heavy to very heavy rainfalls at a few places on 19th May. Isolated heavy rainfall is expected over the northern Odisha coast on 20th May. Coastal districts of the Gangetic West Bengal are likely to experience light to moderate rainfall with heavy falls at a few places on 19th May. Department has also predicted heavy to very heavy falls at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over the Gangetic West Bengal on 20th May.

The fishermen are advised not to venture into south Bay of Bengal from 16th to 17th May, central Bay of Bengal from 17th to 18th May and north Bay of Bengal during 19th to 20th May.

Fishermen are also advised not to venture into north Bay of Bengal along and off North Odisha, West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coast during 18th to 20th May 2020.

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