Kolkata: With just three days to go for the Diwali-Kali puja weekend, there was better news from the Met office on Tuesday. The approaching cyclone is likely to change direction and hit the Odisha-Andhra coast away from Gangetic Bengal. Even though the system has transformed into a cyclonic storm from a deep depression, it was now moving in a west to south-west direction. If it continues moving in the direction, it could strike the Andhra-Odisha coast which happens to be the nearest from its current position, explained the Regional Metorological Centre (RMC).
“It is too early to predict exactly where it could hit land. But going by its current direction, Andhra-Odisha coast is the most likely. In that case, the impact on Bengal will be minimal. But Kolkata and the rest of Gangetic Bengal could receive light to moderate rain on October 27 and 28,” said GK Das, director, RMC. The cyclone is now stationed at a distance of around 700 km from Kolkata and was moving at a speed of 15 km/hr.