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IMD Issues Cyclone Warning – Michaung Expected to Form Over Bay of Bengal by December 1

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Forecasters from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) have raised alerts regarding a potential cyclone named “Michaung” expected to form over the Bay of Bengal by December 1. The system, currently a low-pressure area near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, could intensify into a cyclonic storm, posing concerns for the southeastern coastal regions.

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According to the IMD’s special message, the low-pressure area over the south Andaman Sea is likely to move west-northwestwards, transforming into a depression over the southeastern Bay of Bengal by November 29. Subsequently, within the next 48 hours, it is anticipated to further intensify into Cyclone Michaung, packing maximum sustained wind speeds of 60-70 kmph, gusting to 80 kmph.

Meteorologists suggest that by November 30, the storm will be progressing west-northwest, gradually strengthening into a depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal. The cyclone’s potential development marks the sixth in the Indian Ocean and the fourth in the Bay of Bengal for the year.

The Nicobar Islands are expected to experience mild to moderate rainfall, with isolated areas facing heavy to extremely heavy rainfall between November 29 and December 1. Meanwhile, the Andaman Islands are predicted to witness light to moderate rainfall, with sporadic instances of extremely heavy rainfall on November 30.

Read Also | IMD Issues Warning – Cyclonic Storm ‘Michaung’ Brewing in Bay of Bengal

Despite the ongoing alerts, the Met Department has not provided estimates on the cyclone’s potential movement towards the coast or the likelihood of landfall. An orange alert has been issued for the region on November 28 and 29, indicating the need for heightened preparedness and monitoring of the evolving weather situation.

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