Forecasts say the storm will trigger heavy rains and possible flooding over the next few days. Trains have been canceled or rescheduled and authorities urged people to stay at home.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he has spoken to chief ministers in both states, assuring them of support. “I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being,” he tweeted.
In May, a massive storm lashed India’s western coast, killing at least 140 people. Just over a week later, another cyclone slammed the country’s eastern coast and neighboring Bangladesh, leaving at least six dead as authorities scrambled to evacuate over a million people.
India’s eastern coast is no stranger to devastating cyclones, but changing climate patterns have caused them to become more intense.