Hamoon and Tej updates: Two cyclones – Hamoon and Tej – brewing over the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, triggered rains in several parts of Odisha and West Bengal. India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted that a few Indian states are set to experience some storm activities this week as both cyclones are expected to make landfall tomorrow (October 25).
Cyclonic storm Hamoon intensified into a severe cyclonic storm over the Northwest Bay of Bengal, said IMD officials.
“Cyclonic Storm Hamoon is likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm over northwest Bay of Bengal during next 6 hours. It’s very likely to move nearly north-northeastwards and cross Bangladesh coast b/w Khepupara and Chittagong around noon of 25 October as a deep depression,” IMD posted on X.
What is the status of cyclone ‘Tej’?
According to the weather department, the landfall process for Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) Tej continues and will be completed within a few hours.
“It is very likely to cross Yemen coast close to south of Al-Ghaidah within a few hours as a VSCS with wind speed of 125-135 kmph gusting to 150 kmph,” added the IMD.
Hamoon intensified into severe cyclonic storm
The deep depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclone on Monday evening, the IMD said, maintaining that it would not have any major impact on the Indian coast.
The cyclonic storm has been christened ‘Hamoon’, a name given by Iran. The deep depression over Bay of Bengal moved north with a speed of 14 kmph during the last six hours and intensified into a cyclonic storm, the IMD said.
At 5.30 pm, the system was around 230 km off the Paradip coast in Odisha, 360 km south of Digha in West Bengal, and 510 km south-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh, it said.
“It is likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm over northwest Bay of Bengal during the next 12 hours,” The IMD said.
The system is very likely to cross Bangladesh coast, between Khepupara and Chittagong, around 12 pm on October 25 as a deep depression, it said.
Rain alert in these states
According to the weather department, moderate rainfall with isolated heavy rains (64.5 mm-115.5 mm) in the northeastern states of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, south Assam, and Meghalaya until October 26.
The Odisha government has asked all the district collectors to remain prepared for any eventuality, and directed the administration to evacuate people from low-lying areas in the event of heavy rain.
“The system (cyclone) will move over the sea around 200 km from Odisha coast,” weather scientist U S Dash said, adding that under its influence, light to moderate rainfall is likely at a few places in coastal Odisha on Monday and at many places over the next two days.
IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said the wind speed over the Bay of Bengal will gradually increase to 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph by Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, in neighbouring West Bengal, the Met department forecast thunderstorms with lightning and moderate rainfall in parts of Purba Medinipur, Kolkata and South 24 Parganas districts on Monday and Tuesday.
(With PTI inputs)