The coastal districts of Odisha and West Bengal will receive widespread heavy rainfall till October 25. Moderate to heavy intensity rainfall is likely over Assam, Meghalaya on Monday

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Monday that cyclonic storm Sitrang was about 300 km from Sagar Island and that it would intensify further into severe cyclonic storm in next 6 hrs.

The southern districts of West Bengal, including Kolkata, woke up to light rain and an overcast sky on Monday as cyclone ‘Sitrang’ moved towards north Bay of Bengal

‘Sitrang’ moved towards north Bay of Bengal, raising the likelihood of a downpour during the day and threatening to dampen Diwali festivities.

The system is expected to make a landfall between Tinkona island and Sandwip in Bangladesh early on October 25, the Met department said.

It was about 300 km away from Sagar Island till noon today and slowly it is progressing. Heavy to very heavy rain warning has been issued by the IMD in North and South 24 Parganas districts.

It will intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm bringing in heavy to very heavy rain and wind gusting to 110 kmph, in the coastal districts of South and North Parganas and East Midnapore

Sitrang is centred about 300 km south- southeast of Sagar Island. It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 6 hours.