Bhubaneswar, Oct 9:
By all accounts, the tropical storm No 2, now christened Phailin is gathering strength before heading for the Odisha-AP coast. The fact that it is stationery over the last few hours, implies a further strengthening of the system, weather experts told OST.
The deep depression over east central Bay of Bengal remained practically stationery, intensified into a cyclonic storm,PHAILIN
and lay centred at 5.30 pm today, about 220 km north-northwest of Port Blair, 950km southeast of Paradip, 1100 km east- southeast of Visakhapatnam, the latest release from the IMD said.
The system, the Met department bulletin said, would intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours.
” It would continue to move west-northwestwards for some time and then northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast between Kalingapatnam and Paradip by night of 12th October, 2013 as a very severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 175-185 kmph,” the bulletin said.