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Cyclone Hamoon Alert: Southern States Brace for Severe Weather, Durga Puja Celebrations in Jeopardy

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As cyclone Hamoon and Tej brew over the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, the Southern states of India are on high alert for potential storm activities this week. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for specific regions, and the impact of these cyclones could affect not only the weather but also cultural festivities, including the upcoming Durga Puja celebrations.

Cyclone Tej’s Strength and Course Change

Initially, the IMD reported that cyclone Tej was forming in the Arabian Sea, and it had strengthened into an extremely severe cyclonic storm. However, it changed course, moving towards the Middle East, reducing the direct threat to India.

Cyclone Hamoon’s Intensification

Conversely, Cyclone Hamoon, which earned its name from Iran, is a deep depression over the west-central Bay of Bengal. It is expected to intensify in the next 12 hours as it moves northwards. Cyclone Hamoon is projected to cross the Bangladesh coast between Khepupara and Chittagong on October 25, potentially weakening into a deep depression. Nevertheless, it is likely to bring significant rainfall to India.

Yellow Alert and Impacted Regions

The IMD has issued a yellow alert for several regions, including Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, south Assam, and Meghalaya. These areas can expect light to moderate rainfall with isolated heavy rains until October 26.

Coastal districts in Odisha and West Bengal are under a yellow alert, signifying moderate showers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Additionally, major West Bengal districts like Howrah and Hoogly have received specific warnings.

Safety Measures and Fishing Advisory

In light of the cyclone’s movements, the IMD strongly advises fishermen against venturing into the sea along and off the Odisha and West Bengal coasts until October 25. The sea conditions are expected to be “rough to very rough,” which poses risks to maritime activities.

Impact on Durga Puja Celebrations

The yellow alert for West Bengal and Odisha brings concerns for the upcoming Durga Puja celebrations in the region. Heavy rainfall has been predicted, potentially dampening the festive spirit.

The wet and windy weather conditions may pose challenges to outdoor festivities and processions. As a result, organizers and participants are urged to remain cautious and prepare for the possibility of weather disruptions during this significant cultural event.

While the cyclones bring the promise of much-needed rain, the safety and well-being of the people in the affected regions take precedence. It is essential to stay informed about weather updates and adhere to the guidance provided by the authorities to ensure the safety of the community and to protect against any potential adverse effects of the cyclones.

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