Norwester Hits South Bengal, More Rain Predicted

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Kolkata: With Kolkata and rest of south Bengal already experiencing intermittent rain and squall for three days in a row, it is now widening its area in all over Bengal to brace for inclement weather for the next three days.

The local met office Kolkata in the latest observations indicated that a warning forecasting thunderstorm with gusty wind, lightning and hail in range of South Bengal and North Bengal on Wednesday and Thursday (27-28 February). On Friday, there is a forecast for moderate rain in North Bengal.

This is in addition to the warning for a thunderstorm with gusty wind, lightning and moderate rain in south Bengal until February 27. Gusty wind very likely to affect some parts of Bankura, East and West Midnapore, East and West Bardhaman, Hooghly, Noth and Soyth 24 pargana, Kolkata, Nadia, Murshidabad districts of Bengal.

The weather office has warned that some isolated places in south Bengal are very likely to witness a storm raging up to 80 kmph. This is even as four people have already died in the state till yesterday under the direct or indirect impact of storms and lightning.

Kolkata Municipal Corporation said that in the last 48-hours as many as 12 trees in public places got uprooted by storms. The branches of another 30 trees were snapped down to the roads by the squally wind.

One trough of low is hovering over the equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining the southwest Bay of Bengal. The other is extending from east Bihar to Gangetic Bengal.

Fishermen in the state have been advised not to venture into the sea before 1 March.