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Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department on Friday said a low pressure area is likely to form over South Andaman Sea and adjoining Bay of Bengal around May 5 with possibility of further intensification.

“A cyclonic circulation is likely to form over South Andaman sea and neighborhood around May 4. Under its influence, a low pressure area is likely to form over the same region during the next 24 hours. It is likely to become more marked during the subsequent 24 hours,” the IMD said in a bulletin.

However, the IMD has not issued any forecast whether the system will hit any coastal land or not.

“As per our prediction so far, a low pressure area will take shape in the Bay of Bengal around May 5 and it will further intensify into depression. However, whether it will convert into a cyclonic storm or not can be known on Monday,” said Bhubaneswar Met Centre Director HR Biswas.   

Ever since cyclone ‘Fani’ battered the Odisha coast on May 3 of 2019, development of such systems over the Bay of Bengal in the month of May has become a matter of concern for the people of eastern coast of the country.

Private weather forecasting agency, Skymet weather, says, “A cyclonic circulation is expected to move across the Gulf of Thailand and Malay Peninsula, around May 4. Quickly, this will make its way to North Andaman Sea and likely to turn into a low pressure area on May 5.”

Environmental conditions stand favorable for intensification to a depression in the subsequent 24 hours. The weather system will be placed under watch for any further intensification, it said.

The Skymet further said any tropical system reaching the stage of depression, stand a fair chance of growing to a storm, at this time of the season, over the Andaman Sea.

Storms during the month of May threaten Myanmar, Bangladesh, West Bengal and Odisha. Tropical cyclones are known for defying norms of track, intensity and timelines. Therefore, the entire coastline turns vulnerable, till the threat recedes, it said. 

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