Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 7:
The depression over north Andaman Sea moved west-northwestwards over the past six hours, intensified into a deep depression and lay centered at 5.30 PM today over north Andaman Sea and neighbourhood near about 1260 km Southeast of Gopalpur, the evening bulletin issued by Met Centre in Odisha’s capital city said.
“It would cross Andaman & Nicobar Islands close to Long Island by tomorrow forenoon. Thereafter, the system would continue to move west-northwestwards for some more time and then northwestwards towards north Andhra Pradesh – Odisha coast during subsequent 96 hours,” IMD, Bhubaneswar said in its prediction.
Under its influence rain/thundershower would occur at one or two places over Odisha during next 24 hours.
The IMD has advised that distant Cautionary signal Number One (DC-I) is to be kept hoisted at Paradip and Gopalpur Ports in Odisha.
Weather Underground, a top storm-tracking site also supports the IMD prediction.
It says,”The dynamic models indicate continued development as the system tracks west- northwestward into a more favorable environment. Maximum sustained surface winds are estimated at 25 to 30 knots. Minimum sea level pressure is estimated to be near 1000 mb. The potential for the development of a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours is upgraded to high.”