Bhubaneswar: The deep depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of 8 kmph during the past six hours, intensified into a cyclonic storm “Mocha” pronounced as “Mokha” and lay centered at 5.30 am on Thursday over the same region near latitude 11.2°N and longitude 88.1°E, about 510 km west-southwest of Port Blair, 1210 km south-southwest of Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh) and 1120 km south-southwest of Sittwe (Myanmar).
It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and gradually intensify into a severe cyclonic storm around Thursday midnight. Thereafter, it is likely to recurve gradually, move north-northeastwards from May 12 morning and intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm around May 12 evening over the central Bay of Bengal.
It would reach its peak intensity around May 13 evening. Thereafter, it is likely to weaken slightly from May 14 morning and cross southeast Bangladesh and north Myanmar coasts between Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh) and Kyaukpyu (Myanmar) around the forenoon of May with a maximum sustained wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.