The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded an alert as a low-pressure area over the Andaman Sea metamorphoses into a well-marked low-pressure zone. Predictions suggest this system may evolve into Cyclone Michaung, likely to intensify over the Bay of Bengal in the coming days.
According to IMD forecasts, the weather system is slated to move in a west-northwest direction, potentially escalating into a depression by November 30. By the next 48 hours, it could mature into Cyclonic Storm ‘Michaung’ over the Southwest and adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal.
The IMD foresees precipitation in various regions: the Nicobar Islands may experience light to heavy rainfall between November 29 and December 1. Similarly, the Andaman Islands may witness intermittent heavy rainfall on November 30.
Winds are expected to strengthen across the region. From November 29 onwards, gusts of 25-35 kmph (with peaks at 45 kmph) may sweep the Andaman Sea, escalating to squally weather reaching 40-50 kmph (with gusts up to 60 kmph) by November 30.
Fishermen have been cautioned against venturing into these turbulent seas during specific dates, and coastal districts in Odisha have been put on alert due to the developing weather conditions. Scattered to widespread rainfall coupled with thunderstorm activity is anticipated across various parts of India in the coming days, affecting areas from Jammu-Kashmir-Ladakh-Gilgit-Baltistan-Muzaffarabad to Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal, and Kerala & Mahe.
The IMD’s comprehensive advisory and alerts to coastal districts underscore the potential impacts of Cyclone Michaung, urging preparedness and caution among residents and fishermen alike.