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Cyclone 'Komen' set to hit Bangla coast, bring heavy rain to east India 

VINSON KURIAN  THIRUVANANTHAPURAM | Updated on January 24, 2018

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The deep depression over northeast Bay of Bengal ramped up into tropical cyclone 'Komen' this morning and is parked 300 km east-southeast of Kolkata.

The rare July tropical cyclone is expected to cross the Bangladesh coast in the afternoon and weaken, but it could later head towards east and central India.

RARE CYCLONE

The overnight intensification of the deep depression points to strong monsoon flows in the Bay of Bengal, which have been active from the second half of this month.

This is the first cyclone to form in July over the North Indian Ocean after 1989, notes K Srikanth, a Chennai-based blogger and weather enthusiast.

There have been only three occasions when a cyclone has formed during this month here in the past 50 years — in 1972, 1973, and 1989, Srikanth told BusinessLine.

HIGH WINDS, HEAVY RAIN

Meanwhile, the other depression over west Rajasthan retained its overnight strength and is now located over Bikaner and its neighbourhood.

Under the influence of the two weather systems, the monsoon will continue to be in peak form to the east and west of the country.

Gangetic West Bengal, the Northeastern States and Odisha in the east and the plains of northwest India would witness very heavy to heavy rainfall over the next couple of days.

The people have been cautioned about high winds along the Odisha and West Bengal coasts. Sea conditions in the North Bay of Bengal would be very rough. Fishermen have been advised to keep off the sea for the rest of the day.

Published on July 30, 2015

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