Odisha Braces Up For Possible Cyclone Post-IMD Warning


Bhubaneswar: According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a cyclonic storm is extremely likely to form over the Bay of Bengal during the next few days, clearing up all the rumours surrounding its creation.

IMD predicts that around October 20, the cyclonic circulation from yesterday over the south Andaman Sea will become a low-pressure system over the southeast and adjacent east-central Bay of Bengal.

The low-pressure region is forecast to proceed toward the west-northwest and strengthen into a depression over the central Bay of Bengal around October 22.

“The system is likely to further intensify into a cyclonic storm over the west-central Bay of Bengal,” tweeted IMD’s Regional Centre in Bhubaneswar today.

The IMD emphasised that it had not issued any such alert and that predictions based on a US weather forecast model that a “super cyclone” could hit India’s eastern coast had been disregarded as “rumours” on Saturday.

However, a cyclonic circulation that formed on Monday over the southern Andaman Sea and its surroundings was reported by the regional weather forecasting centre of the IMD in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday morning. It was over the North Andaman Sea by this morning.

The Odisha government has also scheduled an emergency meeting for 4 PM in response to the IMD’s prediction of a potential cyclone over the Bay of Bengal.

Senior officials indicated that at the key meeting today, a number of topics, including disaster mitigation and measures to address any potential threats resulting from the cyclone, will be reviewed.

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