Kolkata: After sustaining strength of deep depression for a very short duration, the system over east-central Bay of Bengal has finally intensified into cyclonic storm Mora. Not only this, conditions are still favourable for Mora to further strengthen into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours.
Moving in north¬-northeast direction at a speed of 13 kmph, the system is presently centered at Latitude 17°N and Longitude 91.3°E, around 685 km south¬southeast of Kolkata and 585 km south¬southwest of Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Mora will also be responsible for Southwest Monsoon to progress further into some parts of southeast Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours and subsequently in Kerala in another 24 hours.
According to Skymet Weather, Mora will continue to move north¬-northeastwards and cross Bangladesh coast between 91°E and 92°E near Chittagong by May 30.
As Mora advances further, it will start lashing most parts of Northeast India with moderate to heavy rains today. Rains will be intensifying significantly Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall lashing the region by May 30. In fact, few parts Assam and Meghalaya may see some isolated extremely heavy rainfall.
Parts of West Bengal including Kolkata would also start recording light to moderate rain and thundershowers during the next 24 hours.
Also, squally winds with the speed of 45 kmph -55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would be prevailing along and off West Bengal Coast. for next 48 hours. By May 30, these high velocity winds will also prevail over South Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura.
Squally winds with the speed of 40 kmph-50 kmph gusting up to 60 kmph would also prevail along and off Andaman Islands and adjoining Sea areas during next 48 hours.
In wake of this, sea conditions would be rough to very rough along and off Andaman Islands and West Bengal during next 48 hours. Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off the coast on May 29-30. Those out on sea are advised to return to the coast.