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IMD warns of Cyclonic storm ‘Michaung’ as it likely to form into depression over Bay of Bengal in next 48 hours

Cyclonic storm "Michaung" is likely to develop as the low pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjacent Andaman Sea will gradually turn into a depression and the wind system will likely move in a west-northwest direction by November 30. After strengthening of the system, 'Michaung' is expected to move towards south-west and adjoining south-east Bay of Bengal within the next 48 hours.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Cyclonic storm “Michaung” is likely to develop as the low pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjacent Andaman Sea will gradually turn into a depression and the wind system will likely move in a west-northwest direction by November 30. After strengthening of the system, ‘Michaung’ is expected to move towards south-west and adjoining south-east Bay of Bengal within the next 48 hours.

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The Odisha sdministration on Tuesday put seven coastal districts of the state on alert amid a low-pressure area over the South Andaman Sea, which is likely to turn into a depression and eventually into a cyclone by December 2, officials said.

Due to the above mentioned low pressure and cyclonic circulation, there are chances of heavy to very heavy rains in different parts of Nicobar Islands today, 28th November, where rainfall ranging from 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm is expected. There are chances of continuation of heavy to very heavy rains on November 29 also.

According to the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Wednesday forecast, the low-pressure area over the South Andaman Sea and adjoining Strait of Malacca has now transformed into a well-marked low-pressure area which will gradually intensify into a depression contributing to the formation of Cyclone Michaung.

According to the weather department, scattered to fairly widespread light to moderate rainfall accompanied by isolated thunderstorm activity is likely over Jammu-Kashmir-Ladakh Gilgit-Baltistan-Muzaffarabad during November 29-30. And over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on November 30 is expected.

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In view of stormy activity, fishermen warned to stay away from the sea
According to the Meteorological Department, storm winds blowing at a speed of 40 to 45 km per hour in the south and adjoining North Andaman Sea and south-east Bay of Bengal are expected to intensify further to a speed of up to 55 km per hour.

In view of the above stormy winds, the Meteorological Department has issued a warning to fishermen not to go to these areas for fishing or any kind of business related work.

Apart from this, the Meteorological Department has asked to avoid going to South Andaman Sea on 28 and 29 November, South-East Bay of Bengal from 29 November to 02 December and South-West and adjoining Central Bay of Bengal from 30 November to 02 December.

According to experts, a tropical storm may cross the Malay Peninsula in low lying areas and move towards the Andaman Sea and form a depression in the Bay of Bengal by the middle of the week.

There may be a threat to Eastern India or Bangladesh by the end of next week or the beginning of next week as a cyclonic storm named ‘Michaung’ may form here.

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However, the Meteorological Department has not yet made any prediction about the storm moving towards the coast and its impact. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert in different areas of Nicobar Islands on 28 and 29 November.

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