Possible cyclone over Bay of Bengal: IMD forecasts direction of movement

Bhubaneswar: While the Bay of Bengal is likely to host a fresh cyclonic storm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today forecasted the direction of the movement of the existing system over the ocean.

The current cyclonic circulation over South Andaman Sea and neighbourhood is likely to become a Low Pressure Area over the same region around May 6. The system is likely to move northwestwards and intensify gradually into a depression during the subsequent 48 hours, the IMD predicted.

The system will be named as ‘Cyclone Asani’ if it intensifies into a cyclonic storm. A northwestwards movement of the system may increase the chances of eastern coast of India getting affected.

The IMD was yet to make any official forecast regarding the intensity and landfall of the system.

On the other hand, the Skymet Weather Services predicted that the possible cyclonic storm may intensify further and move along the Arakan coast.

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