Tropical Cyclone Two is centered about 420 miles south of Chittagong, Bangladesh, as of early Monday morning, local time, with winds estimated as minimal tropical storm force, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).
With little wind shear overhead, and warm water, Two should continue to gain strength, attaining the name "Mora" on Monday, once officially classified as a "cyclonic storm" by the India Meteorological Department.
The tropical cyclone will be pulled north by upper-level steering winds. On that course, the intensifying cyclone will make landfall later Monday or Tuesday in Bangladesh or Myanmar as the equivalent of a stronger tropical storm or a low-end Category 1 hurricane, according to the JTWC forecast.
Damaging wind gusts and coastal flooding are most likely Monday night into Tuesday along the coastlines of eastern Bangladesh and western Myanmar as the center of the cyclone passes near.
Torrential rainfall is expected along, north and to the east of the track over Bangladesh, northeast India and western Myanmar, extending northward to the foothills of the Himalayas.
This heavy rainfall extending well inland could trigger life-threatening flooding and, in mountainous areas, mudslides.