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September 17, 2019

First cyclonic storm likely to develop in Bay of Bengal

Pictorial description of possible cyclonic storm.
Pictorial description of possible cyclonic storm.

THE Meteorology Hydrology Department has forecast that a low pressure area may form in the Bay of Bengal in the next 18 hours as from yesterday evening as international weather agencies predicts a small storm possibly formingon 17 May.
The weather bureau said in its 7 pm announcement yesterday that rain with thunder is expected within 24 hours as from yesterday at 6.30 pm over Sagaing Region, Kachin State, Shan State (north), Chin State, Nay Pyi Taw, Magway, Kayah, Kayin and Mon State with an 80 per cent degree of certainty.
Meanwhile, international weather agencies said that current weather conditions are favourable for the formation of cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal.
According to Skymet Weather, a cyclonic circulation was expected to develop in extreme Southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining Andaman Sea by Friday.
Thereafter, the system was likely to intensify into a low-pressure area by today or yesterday and then into a depression by tomorrow. Further retaining strength for few days, the system may intensify into the first cyclone of the season by 19 May. If this cyclone comes into existence it will be named ‘Roanu’.Though the upcoming weather system poses a definite threat to Indian coastline weather models are indicating that it may finally head toward the Bangladeshi or Myanmar coastline.


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