24 Oct 2022

Cyclone Sitrang: Rains, Strong Winds In Many W Bengal Districts; Cyclonic Storm To Head For Bangladesh

New Delhi: The depression over East Central Bay of Bengal has intensified into a deep depression. On Sunday morning, it was about 580 km Northwest of Port Blair, 700 km south of Sagar Island, and 830 km south of Barisal, Bangladesh. 

Rainfall in many districts of W Bengal: The southern districts of West Bengal, including Kolkata, received light rainfall on Monday morning as cyclone Sitrang moved towards north Bay of Bengal, raising the possibility of heavy rains during the day and may dampen Diwali celebrations. The system is expected to make a landfall between Tinkona island and Sandwip in Bangladesh early on October 25, the Met department said. It lay centred around 430 km south of Sagar Island on Monday morning, the department said.

Will cross Bangladesh Coast: According to Skymet scientists, initially, it is expected to move in a northerly direction and may intensify into cyclonic storm Sitrang by either Sunday night or Monday morning. Thereafter it will recurve and move in north northeast direction and is expected to cross Bangladesh coast, west of Sandip Island.

Squally winds, rains expected in Odisha: The system is expected to come closest to the West Bengal coast, and will spare Odisha mostly with just squally winds and moderate to heavy rains over the state of Odisha.

Sea conditions will be very rough: Sea conditions are expected to remain rough to very rough along Orissa West Bengal and Bangladesh coast between October 23rd and 25th. Conditions however, will start improving by afternoon of October 25th over the Odisha coast. Winds over the South Odisha coast will be moderate around 30 to 40 kmph. 

Odisha dists to experience strong winds: According to Skymet scientists, districts of Odisha such as Mayurbhanj, Baleswar, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, and puri may experience strong winds of 70 to 80 kmph on October 24th along with rainfall activities.

Coastal Odisha may experience light to moderate rain: Skymet meteorologists do not expect any significant rain activity over the southern district of the Odisha coast. Districts of coastal Odisha may experience light to moderate rain from the night of October 23rd and may continue until the night of October 24.

Heavy rains: Sagar Islands, Sunderbans, Contai, Diamond Harbour, 24 South Parganas will be seeing heavy rains both on October 24 and 25. There may be some damage to the mangroves of the Sundarban area. 

The system will head towards Bangladesh and not make any direct hit over the Indian mainland. Sitrang may become a Severe Cyclone also for some time, but due to the intrusion and entrainment with land, the system may become weak and will see rapid degeneration after it makes a landfall.

Few heavy rain spells: Rain activities will commence over Northeast India from October 24 and there may be a few heavy spells over Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Manipur on 24th and 25th of October. Weather will become almost clear from October 26th.

IMD advisory: In the wake of Cyclone Sitrang, the IMD issued an advisory pertaining to the suspension of offshore activities in the north Bay of Bengal from October 24-25 along with issuing a warning of the possible impact of the storm in North and South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts of West Bengal.

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