OST Weather Bureau:
Bhubaneswar, Oct 9:
A cyclonic storm on Wednesday hit the Andaman and Nicobar islands and is expected to reach the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha over the next 48-72 hours, the Met department said.
According to the meteorological department, there was a deep depression area over the North Andaman Sea this morning. The cyclone hit the islands near the Mayabandar between 12.30-1.30pm. This resulted in very-heavy rainfall in the islands.
As the cyclone moves west-north westwards in the next 48 hours, it is expected to turn into a “very severe cyclonic storm”, the weathermen said. It is likely to hit the eastern coast by October 12 midnight.
“The storm is likely to cross north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha between Kalingapatanam and Paradip by the night of the October 12. We are expecting the wind speed to be around 175-185 kmph. These areas will also experience very heavy rainfall,” said a senior scientist at the Met department.
“We have sent an advisory to fishermen not to venture into Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. Fishermen out at sea along north Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal have been advised to return to coast,” the official added.
Weather Underground, a top weather and storm-tracking site adds:
“In the North Indian Ocean’s Bay of Bengal, a strong tropical disturbance with plenty of spin has developed off the west coast of Thailand, as seen on satellite images. Both the GFS and European models predict that this disturbance will develop into a tropical cyclone by Wednesday.
The North Indian Ocean is much easier to predict the formation of Tropical Cyclones for than the Atlantic, so these forecasts are very likely to come true.
The storm expected to track to the west-northwest and make landfall in Northeast India on Saturday. Conditions are ripe for this storm to intensify to hurricane strength and drive a dangerous storm surge onto the coast.