A deep depression evolving over the Bay of Bengal has swiftly escalated into a severe cyclonic storm named ‘Midhili,’ sounding an alarm for coastal regions. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reports that the cyclone is expected to make landfall on the Bangladesh coast, impacting coastal areas of Odisha, West Bengal, and Bangladesh.
In the latest bulletin, the IMD stated, “Deep Depression over NW Bay of Bengal intensified into a severe cyclonic storm named “Midhili” (pronounced as “Midhili”). It lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of 17th Nov over Northwest BoB about 190 km E of Paradip(Odisha), 200 km S-SE of Digha (West Bengal) and 220 km SW of Khepupara(Bangladesh).”
The forecast anticipates the cyclonic system’s north-northeastward movement, crossing the Bangladesh coast close to Khepupara. The expected wind speed is projected to range between 60-70 kmph, gusting up to 80 kmph during the night of November 17 or the early hours of November 18.
The emergence of the second deep depression over the Bay of Bengal this season, dubbed ‘Midhili’ by the Maldives, signals a heightened weather concern. As the cyclonic system strengthens, Friday is anticipated to bring heavy rainfall to several districts, particularly Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur in Odisha. Simultaneously, West Bengal is alert for intense rain in North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, East Medinipur, and Kolkata.
Authorities in Odisha and West Bengal are proactively responding to the potential threat. Alerts have been issued, and preparedness measures are elevated to address the impending cyclone. With an emphasis on safety, coastal communities are strongly advised to stay informed about evolving weather conditions and implement necessary precautions.
The situation underscores the significance of timely communication and readiness in vulnerable regions. The collaborative efforts between meteorological agencies and local authorities aim to mitigate potential risks and ensure the safety of residents in the path of the advancing cyclonic storm ‘Midhili.’ As weather patterns evolve, vigilance and preparedness remain paramount to safeguarding communities from the impacts of severe weather events.