The deep depression over the northeast Bay of Bengal escalated into tropical cyclone 'Komen', parked 300 km east-southeast of Kolkata. The rare tropical cyclone is expected to cross the Bangladesh coast later and weaken, but it could later head towards east and central India. The intensification of the deep depression indicates a strong monsoon flow in the Bay of Bengal.
There have been only three occasions when a cyclone has formed during July in the past 50 years — in 1972, 1973, and 1989. Meanwhile, the other depression over west Rajasthan retained its overnight strength and is now located over Bikaner and its neighbourhood. Under the influence of the two weather systems, the monsoon will continue to peak in the east and west of the country.
Consequently, the Gangetic West Bengal, the Northeastern States and Odisha and the northwest plains would witness very heavy to heavy rainfall over the next couple of days. People have been cautioned about high winds along the Odisha and West Bengal coasts. Sea conditions in the North Bay of Bengal would be very rough and fishermen have been advised to keep off the sea.