Cyclone expected to develop over Southeast Bay of Bengal on May 9: IMD

New Delhi: A cyclone is expected to develop over the Southeast Bay of Bengal on May 9, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). IMD Director General MrutyunjayMohapatra said at a briefing on Wednesday that a cyclonic circulation, which is the lowest form of development, is expected over the region on May 6.
“Under its influence, a low-pressure area is likely to form on May 7 over the Southeast Bay of Bengal. This low-pressure area is expected to concentrate into a depression around May 8, and around May 9 it may intensify into a cyclonic storm,” Mohapatra said.
IMD has not issued any forecast for landfall over the Indian coast. “We are only informing that a cyclone is expected to develop over Southeast Bay of Bengal and under its influence, we are expecting squally weather with a wind speed of 40 to 50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph over Southeast Bay of Bengal from May 7 onwards. Therefore, fishermen should not move towards the southeast Bay of Bengal. Those who are there should evacuate before May 7. For the east coast, there is no warning or alert. This is just information to be watchful for ships and fishermen,” Mohapatra said.
While the cyclone is expected to move northward from the Southeast Bay of Bengal towards the Central Bay of Bengal, IMD has not yet specified its path, intensity, and the area over which it may move. Mohapatra said IMD will be able to provide detailed information on the cyclone’s track, intensity and expected area, only once the low-pressure area forms.
Mohapatra said in May, the frequency of genesis of cyclones and depressions is maximum in the summer season. India is affected by cyclones over two periods—April, May, and June, and October, November, and December.

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