Cyclone Titli: Heavy rains in Kolkata, WB to impact Durga Puja festivities

October 9, 2018 5:32 PM |

Rain in KolkataWest Bengal is gearing up for some heavy rains in the coming days. All thanks to the Cyclone Titli that has formed over west central Bay of Bengal. It is presently located around 560 km southeast of Gopalpur, Odisha and about 510 km southeast Kalingapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

This system is likely to cross coast between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around morning of October 11. However, weathermen are of the view that system would not go far inland and in fact recurve and skirt along the East Coast towards West Bengal and further to Bangladesh and northeastern states.

According to Skymet Weather, the system would start impacting the weather over West Bengal by tomorrow evening itself. The peripherals of the system would start giving cloudy sky with light to moderate rains over Gangetic West Bengal by the evening of October 9.

As the cyclonic storm gains more strength and intensifies into a severe cyclonic storm, the intensity of rains would also start increasing. However, it may weaken before striking the coast in view of approaching land mass. Consequently, heavy to very heavy rains will commence over the state.

Kolkata would also experience moderate to heavy rains during October 10-12. In view of this, sea conditions would remain rough along the east coast right from Andhra Coast to West Bengal Coast, with squally winds of 50-60 kmph gusting at 70 kmph.

Weather models are suggesting that it would be a slow moving system and thus paving way for a prolonged spell. This rainy spell over West Bengal including Kolkata would span from October 10-14.

While it would be heavy rains from October 10-12, rains would start reducing by October 13, but moderate showers will continue till October 14. Thus, these showers surely would be hindrance during the upcoming festivities of Durga Puja in the state.


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