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While life-threatening smog plagues northern India, the country’s eastern coast and Bangladesh are being put on alert as a tropical cyclone may attempt to brew in the Bay of Bengal this week.
The stage is set for a tropical low to gradually become organized across the southern Bay of Bengal early this week.
"Conditions are conducive enough for any tropical low over the Bay of Bengal to strengthen into a depression, deep depression and perhaps even a cyclone around the middle of the week," AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey said.
The strength of a cyclonic storm is equivalent to a tropical storm in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
As the storm gradually develops, downpours will continue to threaten South India’s eastern coast with localized flooding the first half of the week.
These areas, including Chennai have already endured deadly flooding in November.
"The expected steering winds over the Bay of Bengal this week will the potential cyclone northward," Duffey said.
Residents from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to West Bengal and Manipur and Nagaland should review what preparations would need to be taken if a tropical system threatens with flooding rain later next week. This includes those living in Dhaka in Bangladesh.
The risk for damaging winds and coastal flooding will depend on how strong the system becomes.
Rough seas will also build across the Bay of Bengal as the system strengthens, creating hazards for boaters and swimmers.
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