New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed that low pressure is South Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. The low pressure is likely to intensify into a Depression on Saturday, May 7 over the southeast Bay of Bengal. The weather system is very likely to move northwestwards, intensify into a depression over southeast Bay of Bengal during the next 12 hours and further into a cyclonic storm by Sunday evening.
The IMD said the cyclonic storm is expected to reach near the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha shores early next week, and cause heavy rains in the east coast states. It is likely to reach the coast on May 10.
The weather office also warned of thunderstorms with lightning and heavy rainfall over the districts of Gangetic West Bengal between Tuesday and Friday next week in view of the likely formation of the cyclonic storm.
“Isolated/scattered moderate rainfall very likely over Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal-Sikkim and Odisha during next five days with isolated heavy rainfall likely over Odisha on 10th May,” the IMD said.
“We have not yet made any forecast on where it will make landfall. We have also not mentioned anything on the possible wind speed during the landfall,” IMD Director-General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said.
IMD wind warning:
The IMD weather forecasting agency has warned that sea conditions during the next 3-4 days will remain rough and has advised fishermen not to venture into the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal until May 10.
.May 7: Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely to prevail over Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andaman Sea, and adjoining Southeast and East-central Bay of Bengal.
.May 8: Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is likely to prevail over Southeast & adjoining East-central Bay of Bengal and would gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 65-75 gusting to 85 kmph over the same region from 8 May evening. Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely to prevail over the Andaman Sea and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
.May 9: Gale wind speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph is likely to prevail over central parts of the Bay of Bengal.
.May 10: Gale wind speed reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph is likely to prevail over Westcentral and adjoining Northwest & East-central Bay of Bengal.
IMD rainfall warning:
Telangana is likely to have light to moderate rainfall during the next 3-4 days with thunderstorms and lightning. Wind speed at 30-40 km/h is expected in some districts. Thereafter temperature is likely to increase by 2-3 degrees Celsius, Naga Ratna, Director, Meteorological Centre said.
May 7: Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over Andaman & Nicobar Islands during May 7.
May 10: Heavy rainfall is predicted at isolated places over coastal Odisha.
ODISHA on alert
The Odisha government said disaster response and fire services teams were kept on standby following the forecast.
Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena said, “We have requisitioned 17 teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), 20 teams of ODRAF (Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force) and 175 teams of Fire personnel.”
Moreover, the NDRF authorities have been requested to reserve 10 more teams for any emergency. Jena said the Indian Navy and Coast Guard have been put on alert to maintain a vigil on the movement of fishermen in the sea during the possible calamity.
IMD heatwave predictions:
.As per the IMD forecast, heatwave is likely to begin over northwest India on May 7 and over central India from May.
.Heatwave conditions are predicted over Rajasthan from May 7 to May 9, and over south Haryana, Delhi, southwest Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Vidarbha region of Maharashtra on May 8 and May 9, respectively.