Even as the western coast of India is picking up the pieces after being battered by Cyclone Tauktae, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said coastal Odisha and West Bengal will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall from the evening of Tuesday, May 25.
This will be caused by a new cyclone — named Yaas — that is likely to hit the east coast by May 26.
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“The south-west monsoon is very likely to advance over south Andaman Sea and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal around May 21, in association with the likely strengthening and deepening of south-westerly winds over the region,” said an IMD press release.
“Other atmospheric and oceanic conditions like conducive environment for convection, sea surface temperatures are also remaining favourable for persistent cloudiness over the Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of east central and south-east Bay of Bengal around May 22. Hence, a low-pressure area is very likely to form over north Andaman Sea and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal around May 22,” it added.
Following this, from Tuesday evening, the coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal will witness heavy to very heavy rainfall, it is predicted. Fishermen have been advised not to enter the sea from Saturday evening.
Squally winds with speeds reaching 4,555 kmph and gusting to 65 kmph is likely to prevail over the Andaman Sea and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal on Sunday, the IMD further said.
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“It is very likely to increase, becoming 5,060 kmph, and gusting to 70 kmph from May 23 and further becoming gale wind speed during May 24-26 over major parts of central Bay of Bengal and along and off Odisha West Bengal Bangladesh coasts during May 25-27,” it added.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the remnant of extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae over southeast Rajasthan and neighbourhood moved north-eastwards, said the IMD. It moved with a speed of about 37 kmph over 6 hours, and lay centred at 11.30 am on Wednesday over east Rajasthan, it added.
“Cyclone Tauktae is very likely to move north-eastwards and weaken into a well-marked low-pressure area and move further north-eastwards across Rajasthan to Uttar Pradesh during the next two days,” it said.
The organisation further said light to moderate rainfall is likely at most places, with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places, over east Rajasthan on Wednesday.