The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday issued a cyclone alert for states in the Bay of Bengal and said a 'depression' has intensified into a 'deep depression'.
The deep depression that lay centred some 810 km south-southeast of Paradip, Odisha, and 920 km south-southeast of Sagar Islands, West Bengal, is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours. The deep depression is expected to move north-northwestwards, towards West Bengal and adjoining North Odisha and Bangladesh coasts, the IMD said.
As of now, the deep depression is expected to bring light to moderate rainfall over Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Odisha and West Bengal. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into north Andaman Sea and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal during the next 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the IMD said that the 'very severe' cyclonic storm Maha in the Arabian Sea has weakened into a 'severe' cyclonic storm and lay centred about 450 km west-southwest of Porbandar in Gujarat. The cyclonic storm is expected to move east-northeast awards further and weaken during the process.