New Delhi: Amid COVID-19 scare, the Indian Meteorological Department has issued a cyclone alert which is likely to form in the southern Bay of Bengal by Saturday evening (May 16), bringing rains to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Odisha and West Bengal. Also Read - Cyclone Amphan Has Destroyed Our Lives: Real Kashmir Goalkeeper Mithun Samanta

While light to moderate rain is expected at most places over Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 15-16; heavy rainfall at isolated places is expected in these two days. Coastal Odisha is likely to experience light to moderate rainfall with heavy falls at a few places on May 18 and heavy to very heavy falls at a few places on May 19. Also Read - ZEE 24 Ghanta Conducts E-conclave Notun Disha in West Bengal; Ministers Discuss Strategies to Deal With Coronavirus, Amphan



“Yesterday’s low-pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining the south Andaman Sea lay as a well-marked low-pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood with associated cyclonic circulation extending up to mid-tropospheric levels,” the IMD said in a bulletin.



The low-pressure area is very likely to concentrate into a depression over central parts of south Bay of Bengal on May 15 and “further intensify into a cyclonic storm” over the same region by 5:30 pm on May 16, the IMD bulletin further said.

“Fishermen are advised not to venture into the south and the central Bay of Bengal from 15th May 2020,” the IMD said. “Those who are out at sea over these regions are advised to return to coasts by tomorrow.”

“Also, fishermen are advised not to venture into the west-central BoB off the north Andhra Pradesh coast on the 18th and into the north BoB along and off the Odisha-West Bengal coasts from 18th May 2020 onwards. Those who are out at sea over these regions are advised to return to coasts by 17th May,” it said.