Dated: 24. 05. 2009 Time of issue: 0200 hours IST
Sub: Depression over west central & adjoining east central Bay of Bengal and cyclone alert for West Bengal coast.
The depression over west central Bay of Bengal moved northeastwards and lay centred at 2330 hours IST of yesterday, the 23rd May 2009 over west central & adjoining east central Bay of Bengal near lat. 17.00 N and long. 88.50 E, about 430 km southeast of Paradip, 530 km south-southeast of Sagar Island and 590 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh). The system is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm and move in a near northerly direction and cross west Bengal-Bangladesh coast near 890 E (100 km east of Sagar Island) around 25th May 2009 evening Under its influence, rainfall at most places with scattered heavy to very heavy falls and isolated extremely heavy falls (≥ 25 cm) is likely to commence over Gangetic West Bengal and north coastal Orissa from today, the 24th May 2009 afternoon. Gale wind speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph are likely to commence along and off West Bengal coast from tomorrow, the 24th May 2009 evening. Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph are likely to commence along and off north Orissa coasts from today, the 24th May evening. Sea condition will be high along and off West Bengal coast and rough to very rough along and off Orissa coast. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea along and off these coasts.
Next bulletin will be issued at 0730 hrs IST of today, the 24th May 2009.
The above report is from http://imd.gov.in