Cyclone Sitrang: Maximum wind speed may reach 110 kmph
Bhubaneswar: Forecasted cyclone ‘Sitrang’ over Bay of Bengal may attain a maximum sustained surface wind speed of 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph on October 25 evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.
It may make landfall as a severe cyclonic storm, the forecast track of the system released by the IMD indicated.
The agency also issued wind warning for Odisha and West Bengal coasts in this connection.
Below is day-wise wind warning for Odisha and West Bengal coasts.
23rd October: Squally wind speed reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph is very likely along & off Odisha and West Bengal coasts.
24th October: Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely along & off Odisha and West Bengal coasts.
25th October: Gale wind speed reaching 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph is likely over north and adjoining central Bay of Bengal and along & off West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts and squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph likely along and off Odisha coast.
26th October: Gale wind speed reaching 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph is likely over north Bay of Bengal and along & off West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts till morning and gradually decrease thereafter becoming 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from afternoon.
“Yesterday’s Low Pressure Area over north Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of south Andaman Sea & Southeast Bay of Bengal persisted over the same region in the morning of today. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards and concentrate into a Depression over southeast & adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal on 22nd October and then moving northwestwards intensify further into a Deep Depression over eastcentral and adjoining southeast bay of Bengal on 23rd October,” the IMD said in its bulletin.
“Subsequently, it is very likely to recurve gradually northwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal by 24th October. Thereafter, it is likely to move north-northeastwards and reach near West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts on 25th October, skirting Odisha coast,” the bulletin added.
Forecast track and intensity are given below: