An area of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal has strengthened into Tropical Cyclone 01B.

While currently moving to the northwest, a track more toward the north and eventually northeast will occur later this week into the weekend. This track will allow 01B to parallel the northeastern coast of India and head toward Myanmar.

While a minimal tropical cyclone Wednesday, further strengthening is anticipated over the next few days. This is a result of warm water temperatures and low wind shear.

Despite the center of the storm remaining over water through the end of the week, there can be some outer rain bands that impact northeastern India, Bangladesh and western Myanmar over the next few days. These rain bands can produce locally heavy rainfall resulting in some flooding. There can also be some strong, gusty winds accompanying the rain. Mariners in the northern Bay of Bengal will also contend with very rough seas.

Story by Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller