The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday stated that the depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal has intensified into a Deep Depression and is centred in the same region.
The system has been moving west-northwestwards at a speed of 5 kmph and is situated around 540 km west-southwest of Port Blair, 1,460 km south-southwest of Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh) and 1,350 km south-southwest of Sittwe (Myanmar).
The IMD has predicted that the Deep Depression will continue moving northwestwards before turning north-northwestwards and gradually intensifying into a cyclonic storm over the same region around Wednesday evening.
The weather office has further predicted that the system will continue to move north-northwestwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm by the morning of May 11, and a very severe cyclonic storm by the morning of May 12, over the southeast and adjoining central Bay of Bengal.
Afterwards, it is expected to re-curve gradually, move north-northeastwards, and slightly weaken from May 13. The system will then cross the southeast coast of Bangladesh and the north coast of Myanmar, between Cox’s Bazar and Kyaukpyu around the forenoon of May 14, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph.
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