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Cyclone Remal Intensifies into Severe Storm, Heads for West Bengal Landfall

Kolkata: A low-pressure system over the Bay of Bengal has intensified into cyclonic storm Remal, and is expected to make landfall in West Bengal by Sunday midnight, marking the first cyclone of the pre-monsoon season in the region.

Here’s a quick look at Cyclone Remal:

  • Landfall: Expected between West Bengal’s Sagar Island and Bangladesh’s Khepupara by midnight on Sunday.
  • Current Location: As of Sunday 5:52 AM, Remal is centered about 290 km south-southeast of Sagar Island.
  • Intensity: Will intensify into a “severe cyclonic storm” within the next six hours.
  • Storm Surge: A storm surge of up to 1.5 meters is likely to inundate low-lying coastal areas during landfall.
  • Alerts: Red alert issued for West Bengal’s South and North 24 Parganas districts for Sunday and Monday (extremely heavy rain expected). Orange alert for Kolkata, Howrah, Nadia, and Purba Medinipur districts.
  • Fishermen Warning: Not to venture into the north Bay of Bengal till Monday morning.
  • Heavy Rainfall: Extremely heavy rainfall expected in north Odisha on Sunday and Monday, parts of northeast India on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Kolkata Airport Closure: Flight operations suspended from Sunday noon to Monday 9 AM due to cyclone impact. Around 394 flights affected.

Authorities have advised residents in the affected areas to prepare for heavy rain and strong winds. Stay informed and follow official advisories for your safety.

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