IMD issues cyclone warning in Bay of Bengal


New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday said a low pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Sea has been formed and its likely intensification into a Cyclonic Storm by May 16 evening.

 “It is very likely to concentrate into a Depression over central parts of south Bay of Bengal on 15th and further intensify into a Cyclonic Storm over southwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal by 16th evening,” the IMD said.

It is very likely to move northwestwards initially till 17th May and then re-curve northnortheastwards.

In association with the above system, the conditions will become favourable for advance of southwest monsoon over south Bay of Bengal, Andaman Sea and Andaman & Nicobar islands around 16th May 2020, it said.

Under its influence, the following adverse weather is likely over south & central Bay of Bengal and adjoining Andaman Sea from 15th May onwards.

Squally winds, speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to prevail over south and adjoining central Bay of Bengal on 15th May 2020, 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph over the same region on 16th May.

Wind speed is likely to increase further becoming Gale force winds speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph over southwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal from the evening of 16th May.

Squally winds, speed reaching 45-55 kmph are likely to prevail over Andaman Sea on 15th & 16th May.

The IMD said sea condition will be rough to very rough over south and adjoining central Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea on 15th May- 16th May afternoon and very rough to High over southwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal from the evening of 16th May.

The fishermen are advised not to venture into south and central Bay of Bengal from 15th May 2020.Those who are out at Sea over these regions are advised to return to coasts by tomorrow.

The system is under continuous surveillance and the concerned state governments are being informed regularly.