Cyclone Sitrang likely to hit Bangladesh coast: IMD

Bhubaneswar: With the low pressure intensified into depression over Bay of Bengal this morning, the possible Cyclone Sitrang is likely to hit Bangladesh coast on October 25 morning.

According to IMD, yesterday’s low pressure area over Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of south Andaman Sea and Southeast Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestward and concentrated into a depression in the morning at 08:30 IST today over southeast adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal, close to west of Andaman Islands near latitude 12.70N and longitude 92.40E, about 110 km north-northwest of Port Blair, 1460 km south-southeast of Sagar Island and 1130 km south-southeast of Barisal (Bangladesh).

It is very likely to move northwestward and intensify further into a Deep Depression over eastcentral and adjoining southeast bay of Bengal by October 23 morning. Subsequently, it is very likely to recurve gradually north-northeastwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm over central Bay of Bengal by October 24 morning. Thereafter, it would continue to move north-northeastwards and cross Bangladesh coast between Tinkona Island and Sandwip around October 25 early morning.

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