BHUBANESWAR: The deep depression has intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘ROANU’ and lay centred over west central Bay of Bengal, which is about 590 km south-west of Gopalpur in Odisha.
Under the impact of the cyclonic storm, damage to thatched huts, minor damage to power and communication lines due to the breaking of branches and major damage to kutcha and minor damage to pucca roads over coastal Odisha would occur.
“The deep depression over west central & adjoining south-west Bay of Bengal further moved nearly north-northeastwards at a speed of 08 kmph during past six hours and intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘ROANU,” said a bulletin of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
“The system is likely to move north-northeastwards along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during next 24 hrs and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm. Subsequently, the system is likely to move northeastwards along & off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha during next 48 hours,” said the bulletin.
The Bhubaneswar met department predicted that rain and thundershower would occur at most places over South Odisha and at many places over North Odisha during next 24 hours.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall at one or two places over South Odisha and heavy rainfall at one or two places over North Odisha on Thursday,” said IMD.
Distant Cautionary Signal Number one (DC-I) replaced by Distant Warning Signal Number Two (DW-II) at all Ports in Odisha.
“Gusty surface wind speed from the Southeasterly direction in South Odisha Coast and Southerly direction in North Odisha Coast reaching 45 to 50 kmph with gusting to 55 kmph would prevail along and off Odisha Coast today,” said IMD.
It also warned the fishermen not to venture into the sea as the condition is very likely to be high to very high along and off Odisha coast for next two days.