Tropical Cyclone May Threaten India’s East Coast Next Week
A tropical cyclone might be brewing in the waters of the Bay of Bengal right now, possibly impacting the east coast of India as well as Bangladesh and Myanmar. Travelers and residents, stay alert.
| Updated: October 13, 2017 1:54 PM IST
Published: October 13, 2017 1:53 PM IST | Updated: October 13, 2017 1:54 PM IST
Cyclone over planet Earth. Elements of this image are furnished by NASA
The 2017 cyclone season over the Indian Ocean has been active since the first storm, Maarutha, made landfall in Myanmar on April 13. More than 600 lives have been lost so far, and Accuweather predicts that there will a strong possibility of cyclones forming over the Bay of Bengal during the October and November months. The more immediate threat is of a cyclone brewing over the bay’s waters and striking India, Myanmar and Bangladesh next week. The Myanmar Meteorological Department has said that a cyclone could form in the Andaman Sea in the last week of October, traveling towards the north. And the India Meteorological Department has predicted a cyclone may form from a low pressure area on October 14-15 in the Bay of Bengal. ALSO READ: 15 Bengali Delicacies You Have To Try In Kolkata!
A monsoon low pressure area has already been observed, but while it may not intensify into a cyclone, we advise travelers and residents in Orissa, West Bengal and neighboring Myanmar and Bangladesh to keep an eye out on the sky. Weather headlines this weekend could talk about the usual thunderstorms and monsoon rains, but there is a risk of a cyclone according to Accuweather. Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls has said that the conditions seem right for the low pressure area over the bay to turn into a cyclonic storm and make landfall in India late in the Diwali week.
Nicholls added that the region from Andhra Pradesh to West Bengal, as well as Bangladesh, has the highest risk of facing the brunt of the possible cyclone. Rains and potential floods could also be seen in south and west Myanmar in the early half of next week. Wind damage is also a possibility in India and Bangladesh if the cyclone gains intensity, according to Nicholls, but he stressed that flooding and heavy rains are the biggest concerns at the moment. NOW READ: Lambasingi in Andhra Pradesh is South India’s only snow destination
If you plan on traveling to Andhra Pradesh or West Bengal for Diwali, we recommend that you keep checking the news for updates on the potential cyclone, and stay indoors. Visitors and residents in Kolkata, Puri, Vishakapatnam in India and Chittagong in Bangladesh need to be especially cautious, especially if you are traveling to or live in urban or low-lying areas.