IMD Hoists Danger Signal Five As Roanu Crosses Odisha Coast

BHUBANESWAR: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) hoisted Danger Signal Number Five (D-V) at all ports with the cyclonic storm Roanu passing through Odisha coast on Friday evening.

The cyclonic storm ‘ROANU’ over west-central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal moved east-northeastwards at a speed of 40 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 1730 hrs on Friday over northwest Bay of Bengal, 70 km south-southwest of Paradip, 70 km southeast of Puri and 175 km east-northeast of Gopalpur, said IMD in a bulletin.

“The system is likely to move east-northeastwards skirting Odisha- West Bengal coast and cross south Bangladesh coast between Khepupara and Cox’s Bazar, close to Chittagong in the evening of 21st May, as a cyclonic storm,” said the bulletin.

It predicts that heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at a few places with massive rainfall at one or two places over coastal Odisha.