A cyclone alert has been issued for Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) report. However, heavy rain is expected in many parts of West Bengal on Saturday.
A deep depression has developed over northeast India and the east-central Bay of Bengal, the weather department said. This cyclone may intensify into a tropical cyclone known as Cyclone Gulab and move southward towards Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh.
According to the IMD, the storm will bring heavy rains to parts of West Bengal, including Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, and South 24 Parganas.
Upon receiving the IMD alert, the Kolkata Police established a ‘Unified Command Center’. Kolkata and other areas in West Bengal are expected to receive heavy rainfall this week, prompting all police divisions and stations in the area to remain on high alert.
The police are remaining prepared for any untoward incidents that may occur due to the storm by keeping gumboots and other equipment on hand.
The coastal areas of West Bengal are preparing for the storm due to cyclone alerts in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Early Saturday morning, the depression was located 590 km east of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, 510 km southeast of Gopalpur.
This storm is expected to evolve into a cyclonic storm within 12 hours. Towards the evening of September 26, it is estimated to cross the northern and southern coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha around Kalingapatnam.”, according to the IMD.
In Chhattisgarh on September 27, moderate to heavy rains are likely to fall in most places, with extremely heavy falls possible in isolated locations.