Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea off the coast of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, South Andhra Pradesh and Gulf of Mannar from Wednesday to Saturday.
It is likely to bring heavy to very heavy rains, with occasional extreme spells, in 13 TN districts, including Chennai, on Thursday.
A total 87.82 lakh people in 11 districts of the state were affected by very severe cyclonic storm Yaas last year.
Volunteers fished out bodies from accumulated water and poured kerosene oil in mass cremations, a survivor said, recounting the most intense cyclone after satellites started monitoring storms.
Civil defence teams are deployed at Bakkhali Sea Beach in South 24 Parganas. Tourists are not allowed to visit the beach and the shops have also been closed.
Thousands of people and livestock have been evacuated from Cox's Bazar coast in Bangladesh and moved to the cyclone shelters on Monday due to the inclement weather triggered by cyclone Sitrang.
In at least four districts bordering Bangladesh, the administration directed the authorities to keep all educational institutes shut on Tuesday in view of the cyclone.
The met office, however, does not fear the cyclone to cause any very serious damage once it make the landfall while a meteorologist earlier said it might turn to a be severe cyclone.
"Heavy to very heavy rainfall expected over West Bengal and a few northeastern states, particularly Tripura, Meghalaya, and south Assam," IMD Scientist Umashankar Das told ANI in Bhubaneswar.
The impending cyclone has dampened spirits of the people, from children to elders, planning to celebrate Kali Puja and Deepawali in a grand manner after a two-year pandemic-caused lull.
Heavy rain likely to pound West Bengal as cyclone 'Sitrang' threat looms large dampening festivities
The IMD has issued a 'yellow' warning for heavy rainfall (7-11cm) at one or two places over the districts of Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur and Puri till Monday morning.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday said the system will intensify into a cyclonic storm over central Bay of Bengal by Monday morning.
The cyclone fear may have gone but heavy rains, under influence of the system brewing over Bay of Bengal, will dampen Diwali festivities in many parts of Odisha.
The weather system, which is presently in the form of a low-pressure area over the North Andaman sea and adjoining areas, is likely to take shape of depression on Saturday.
As a result, many of them have started harvesting immature paddy crops to avoid it getting damaged.
Odisha may well be spared by the cyclone brewing in the Bay of Bengal as the weather system is expected to skirt the State and move over to West Bengal-Bangladesh borders.
With the recent rains causing extensive damage in some parts of Gajapati district, Panda has asked officials to stay alert and keep a vigil on possible areas likely to be affected.
Around 150 thatched houses were damaged and nearly 350 partially collapsed due to the flood.
It is very likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm over the west central Bay of Bengal during subsequent 48 hours.
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