Rainfall accumulation forecast over northeast India over the next 48 hours since Tuesday morning due to Cyclone Sitrang

(TWC Met Team)

October 25, Tuesday, 1:00 p.m.

S​itrang weakens to a well-marked low-pressure area

As per the IMD’s latest update, the depression over northeast Bangladesh moved north-northeastward and further weakened into a well-marked low-pressure area over northeast Bangladesh and adjoining Meghalaya at 8:30 a.m. today.

From here on, it is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken into a low-pressure area in the next six hours.

C​heck out the two-day forecast over Northeast India here.

October 25, Tuesday, 12:00 p.m.

Death toll rises to 9

A​ccording to reports, at least nine people have lost their lives since Cyclone Sitrang made landfall over Bangladesh on Monday night.

Moreover, the storm forced the evacuation of close to one million people from their homes, officials said Tuesday.

October 25, Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.

Heavy rain and snow in store for Arunachal Pradesh

The Weather Channel’s met team has indicated that the recorded rainfall amounts will generally run between 50 and 80 mm over Arunachal Pradesh and the adjoining areas, with locally higher amounts of over 200 mm possible for the next two days.

Precipitation may also fall as snow in far northern Arunachal Pradesh.

October 25, Tuesday, 10:15 a.m.

Cyclone Sitrang affects flight and train operations in Northeast

The air and railway operations across Northeast India have been affected due to the impact of Cyclone Sitrang.

According to TOI, at least 10 scheduled flights have been cancelled since Monday morning due to severe weather, poor visibility and other operational reasons.

T​wo intra-state trains were also cancelled, and the rail authorities remain on high alert due to the possibility of rain-triggered flooding and landslides.

October 25, Tuesday, 9:40 a.m.

Squally winds, rough sea conditions to persist till noon

As per the IMD, squally winds reaching the speed of 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, will continue over north Bay of Bengal, along and off the Bangladesh coast, and across Northeast India during the next six hours. The intensity of the winds will reduce thereafter.

Rough to very rough sea conditions are also likely to prevail over north Bay of Bengal and along and off the Bangladesh coast during the next six hours. Accordingly, the fisherfolk have been advised not to venture into the Bay until noon.

October 25, Tuesday, 8:55 a.m.

IMD downgrades alert levels

In a huge relief for East and Northeast India, Cyclone Sitrang has weakened rapidly post-landfall over Bangladesh as the heat and moisture feeding system has been cut off.

After issuing a red warning (meaning ‘take action’) for Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, and NMMT subdivisions on Monday, the IMD has now downgraded the alert levels to orange (be prepared) over only Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh for Tuesday, followed by a yellow watch (be updated) for NMMT.

The influence of the storm is likely to dissipate completely by the end of the day today, except for isolated rain and snow in Arunachal Pradesh.

October 25, Tuesday, 8:10 a.m.

Experts warn of growing cyclone risk in Odisha

A joint study conducted by the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) and Berhampur University suggests a sharp increase in the frequency of cyclones over coastal Odisha in the 21st century. Between 1999 and 2021, the state has faced nine devastating cyclones.

“Owing to climate change, Odisha has been facing quite a few challenges in terms of natural calamities — be it flood, cyclone in coastal region or unbearable heatwave across the state — mostly in western districts,” said Amarendra Das, associate professor of school of economics, humanities and social sciences, NISER, to The Times of India.

October 25, Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.

Cyclone Sitrang weakens into a depression

A​fter crossing the Sunderbans region as a Cyclonic Storm, Sitrang weakened into a Deep Depression during the early hours of Tuesday. The remnant of the storm has now weakened into a Depression over Northeast Bangladesh and was located about 90 km north-northeast of Agartala and 100 km south-southwest of Shillong at 5.30 am on Tuesday. The centre of the storm continued to move north-northeastwards, and is very likely to weaken further into a well-marked low-pressure area by today afternoon.

October 25, Tuesday, 6:40 a.m.

Orange alert over Northeast India

The remnants of Cyclone Sitrang will continue to push up into Meghalaya and Assam, while weakening rapidly into a Low-Pressure Area. The peak threat of heavy rain is on Tuesday for the northeastern mountains. Rainfall amounts will generally range between 50 and 80 mm over Arunachal Pradesh and the adjoining areas, with locally higher amounts of over 200 mm possible across northeast India over the next two days. Precipitation will fall as snow in higher altitudes of northern Arunachal Pradesh.

The IMD has kept all the northeastern states under an orange alert, which urges residents to ‘be prepared’ for adverse weather conditions. The bureau expects isolated very heavy rainfall over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Tripura on Tuesday. Many parts of the region have witnessed incessant downpours throughout Monday night.

October 25, Tuesday, 5:45 a.m.

Cyclone Sitrang makes landfall, kills at least 7

Cyclone Sitrang made landfall over the Bangladesh coast between 9 pm and 11:30 pm on Monday night.

As per the reports, the storm slammed the densely populated, low-lying coastal areas in Bangladesh with strong winds and heavy rains. The authorities have confirmed seven deaths so far, as thousands of people have been evacuated and rescued from the region.

October 25, Tuesday, 5:10 a.m.

C​yclone Sitrang becomes the first post-monsoon cyclone over BoB

On Sunday evening, Sitrang — pronounced as “Si-Trang” — intensified into a cyclonic storm, making it the first post-monsoon and overall second cyclone over the North Indian Ocean in 2022. Sitrang is a name suggested by Thailand per the World Meteorological Department’s (WMO) guidelines for naming tropical cyclones.

The last cyclone over the Bay of Bengal was Cyclone Asani, which killed three people and brought heavy downpours to Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal. Asani was relatively polite, only bringing heavy rainfall and some respite from summer heat to the states along the East coast and across the southern peninsula. As 2022’s first cyclone, Asani intensified into a Severe Cyclonic Storm on May 8 but weakened quickly into a deep depression before landfall over Andhra Pradesh on May 11.

October 25, Tuesday, 5:00 a.m.

Dos and don’ts during a cyclone

October 25, Tuesday, 5:00 a.m.

Welcome to the Cyclone Sitrang live tracker! Keep up with the latest news, visuals and developments on the first post-monsoon cyclone of the year over the North Indian Ocean.

(With inputs from IANS, The Times of India and the India Meteorological Department)

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