On Tuesday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) announced that Cyclonic Storm ‘Hamoon’ has intensified into severe cyclonic storm over the Northwest Bay of Bengal. According to IMD reports storm moved northeastwards at speed of 18 km per hour over the past 6 hours.
After this movement cyclonic storm intensified further and was centered at 2:30 am on October 24 over northwest Bay of Bengal, near latitude 19.3°N and longitude 88.4°E. It was located about 210 km east-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 270 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal), and 350 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh).
Odisha Authorities Take Precautions
The forecast suggests that the cyclonic storm is expected to move nearly north-northeastwards and cross the Bangladesh coast between Khepupara and Chittagong around noon on October 25, likely as a Deep Depression.
On Monday, the Municipal Administration in Odisha had issued an alert for all Urban Local Bodies (ULB). The authorities were informed about the potential danger posed by the formation of cyclonic storm ‘Hamoon’ in Bay of Bengal. The storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall, strong winds, and adverse weather conditions.