Kolkata: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of another cyclone that is forming over the Bay of Bengal and is likely likely to hit the eastern coast around May 21, a top official of the Ministry of Earth Science said on Wednesday.
Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, said a cyclone circulation is expected to form over the Bay of Bengal on May 23. “It is likely that it will intensify into a cyclone and hit the West Bengal and Odisha coast,” Rajeevan said.
Besides, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said a cyclonic circulation has been lying over the southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood between 3.1 km & 5.8 km above mean sea level.
“Southwest Monsoon likely to advance into South Andaman Sea & adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal around May 21. A cyclonic circulation lies over Southeast Bay of Bengal & neighbourhood between 3.1 km & 5.8 km above mean sea level,” IMD said.
If the cyclone forms, it will be called ‘Yaas’, a name was given by Oman.
April-May, the pre-monsoon months, usually witness formation of cyclones on the eastern as well as the western coast.
May 2020 saw two cyclones — super cyclonic storm Amphan and severe cyclonic storm Nisarga — which hit the eastern and western coast, respectively.