Cyclone Sitrang to skirt Odisha, hit West Bengal-Bangladesh coast on October 25: IMD


Bhubaneawar, October 20: The soon-to-develop cyclonic storm Sitrang in the Bay of Bengal is most likely to skirt past Odisha and reach close to the West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts around October 25, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said Thursday.

“Low Pressure formed today is very likely to move west-northwestwards and concentrate into a depression over eastcentral and adjoining SE Bay of Bengal around October 22 and into a deep depression on October 23. Subsequently, it is very likely to recurve northwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal by October 24,” said IMD bulletin.

“Thereafter, it is likely to move gradually north-northeastwards and reach near West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts on 25th October, skirting Odisha coast,” it said.

Since Wednesday, the IMD has been urging fishermen not to venture into the deep sea from October 22 onwards in view of the possible weather condition. Those already at sea have been told to return to the coast by October 22.

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