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Cyclone Remal: IMD Predictions and Impact

A low-pressure system over the Bay of Bengal is set to intensify into Cyclone Remal, reaching Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal coasts as a severe cyclonic storm. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts the cyclone’s progression, predicting it to become a severe cyclonic storm by May 25 morning and make landfall between Sagar island in West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh by May 26 evening.

Naming and Meaning

The cyclone, named Remal, signifies “sand” in Arabic, following the naming conventions for cyclones in the Indian Ocean region.

States Affected

West Bengal’s coastal districts, including Kolkata, South and North 24 Parganas, Purba Medinipur, and Howrah, are expected to face heavy to extremely heavy rainfall on May 26 and 27. Additionally, Odisha will experience light to moderate rain and thundershowers in its north and south regions.

Wind Speed and Impact

Gusty winds, with speeds reaching up to 100 kmph in South 24 Parganas, 80 kmph in Purba Medinipur, and 60 kmph in Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, and Howrah, are anticipated. These winds pose a risk of significant damage to affected areas.

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