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Seven states on alert after ‘Hamoon’ intensifies into severe cyclonic storm; makes landfall in Bangladesh

According to current forecasts, the storm is projected to hit the Bangladesh coastline, specifically between Khepupara and Chittagong as a deep depression around noon on October 25. Meanwhile, the weather agency has issued heavy downpour alerts in seven states, which will see the impact of the cyclone.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

Chennai: In a sudden turn of events, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that cyclonic storm ‘Hamoon’ has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm over the northwest Bay of Bengal. According to the weather forecasting agency, cyclone ‘Hamoon’ will maintain its course in a roughly north-northeast direction.

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According to current forecasts, the storm is projected to hit the Bangladesh coastline, specifically between Khepupara and Chittagong as a deep depression around noon on October 25. Meanwhile, the weather agency has issued heavy downpour alerts in seven states, which will see the impact of the cyclone.

Issued warnings stated that downpour with strong winds is likely at most places in the northeastern states of Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, and south Assam from Oct 24-26. Heavy rainfall is expected in Mizoram on October 24, with even heavier showers expected in Tripura. Heavy rain is likely to continue in the regions on October 25, which will decrease by October 26, with light to moderate rainfall at a few places.

Light to moderate rainfall is expected in south Assam and eastern Meghalaya on October 24-25, with the possibility of isolated heavy rainfall in south Assam, according to IMD. The coastal districts of Odisha will most likely witness light to moderate rainfall at most places on Tuesday, October 24.

The coastal districts of West Bengal may see light to moderate rainfall at most places on October 24, with isolated heavy rainfall over coastal areas of West Bengal.

Important directives issued to fishermen to not venture in east central and north Bay of Bengal and along Odisha, West Bengal, Bangladesh, and north Myanmar coasts on Oct 24-25. The sea conditions across the Bay of Bengal on Oct 24 and Oct 25 will be high to very high, the IMD said in its bulletin.

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