IMD: Cyclone Mocha expected to hit Odisha and West Bengal
Cyclone Mocha is expected to make landfall in the states of Odisha and West Bengal, according to a prediction by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). (Photo: India Today)
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a cyclonic storm named Cyclone Mocha in the southeast Bay of Bengal is likely to make landfall on the eastern coast of India sometime between May 7 and May 9.
The IMD has also indicated that the storm is expected to hit the states of Odisha and West Bengal. This forecast was announced on Thursday.
As per the Director General of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a cyclonic circulation is expected to develop over the Southeast Bay of Bengal around May 6 (Saturday). This may lead to the formation of a low pressure area in the same region on May 7.
On May 8, this low pressure area is likely to concentrate into a depression over the Southeast Bay of Bengal, and then intensify into a cyclonic storm as it moves towards the central Bay of Bengal in a nearly northward direction.
The IMD is closely monitoring the system, and further information about its path and intensity will be provided once the low pressure area forms.
The cyclonic disturbance in the Southeast Bay of Bengal is expected to cause gusty winds of up to 60 kmph on May 7. As time passes, the wind speed is expected to increase, resulting in rough sea conditions.
In light of this, officials from the weather department have advised fishermen to avoid going out to sea during this period.
States like Odisha and West Bengal, which are prone to cyclones, are taking necessary measures to prepare for the impending storm.
The Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have already made necessary arrangements to face the cyclonic storm, as predicted by the IMD.