THE DEEP depression has transformed into a cyclonic storm accompanied with a maximum wind speed of 80 kmph, the weather office said on Saturday. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of a cyclonic storm “Midhili” over the northwest Bay of Bengal.
As per meteorological department, cyclonic storm had move to the north-northeastwards with a speed of 26 kmph during past 6 hours. Meanwhile, Kolkata saw a cloudy sky on November 17 while the maximum and the minimum temperatures hovered around 27 and 21 degree Celsius respectively.
According to the forecast, the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm on Friday that will “lightly drench” Kolkata as it grazes, said officials.
It will later change its direction and will move towards the adjoining Northeast Bay of Bengal, around 250 km east-northeast of Paradip (Odisha), 180 km east-southeast of Digha (West Bengal) and 180 km southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh). The cyclonic storm is likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and cross Bangladesh coast close to Khepupara with wind speed of 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph during night of November 17,2023.
The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) of Alipore has issued a red warning for the fisherman and has advised them not to venture into the sea till the early hours of November, 18, 2023. There is also a wind warning as squally wind speed would be reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph and it would continue till the midnight of November 17 and would thereby decrease. While the sea condition will remain rough till midnight of November 17 and it would transform into rough waves along the West Bengal coast by the morning of November 18, 2023.
This is the second deep depression that has formed in 2023 so far. The previous cyclone was Hamoon which was also headed towards the Bangladesh cost. This name “Cyclone Midhili” was given by the Maldives as the countries which are most likely get affected by the Arabian sea and Bay of Bengal gives the names of these cyclonic storms following a rotational sequence.
— Srestha Choudhury works as an intern at the Kolkata office of The Indian Express.