Cyclonic Storm to hit Odisha in few hours: IMD warns
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned regions of west-central Bay of Bengal as a low pressure is forming over the area and intensified into a deep depression on Thursday. IMD stated that it is likely to transform into a cyclonic storm in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha in next few hours today. The cyclonic storm moved west-northwestward with a speed of about 23 kmph and crossed south Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast in the early hours of Friday, Director, Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, H.R. Biswas said. Rain is likely to occur at most places and very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places over north coastal Andhra Pradesh. The Met department has advised fishermen to not venture into sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during next 24 hours. There will also be a storm surge of about 0.5 meters above astronomical tides and that it is expected to inundate low lying areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.