Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 8:

The deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal intensified into cyclonic storm ‘VARDAH’ this morning and it is likely to move towards Andhra Pradesh coast without affecting Odisha, said Mrutyunjaya Mahapatra, director, cyclone warning division, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).


“The cyclonic storm, VARDAH over southeast Bay of Bengal moved further northwards and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 8th December, 2016 over southeast Bay of Bengal near Latitude 11.5ºN and Longitude 90.5ºE, about 1040 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam, 1135 km east-southeast of Machilipatnam, 360 km northwest of Car Nicobar and 240 km west-southwest of Port Blair,” a bulletin of the IMD said.

“The system is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. It is very likely to move nearly northwards for some more time, then northwestwards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Kakinada around forenoon/ noon of 12th December 2016,” it added.

“The cyclonic storm will have least impact on Odisha as it will cross the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh. South Odisha would receive rainfall after December 11 under its impact,” said Sarat Chandra Sahu, Director of Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre.

He said Distant Warning Signal Number Two (DW-II) has been hoisted at Paradip and Gopalpur ports.