Bhubaneswar: The depression formed over the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a deep depression during next 24 hours and into a cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours, said Indian Meteorological Department on Saturday.
“The Depression over East-central & adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal moved East-Northeastwards with speed of 8 kmph during past 6 hrs and lay centered at 0830 hrs IST of today over East-central Bay of Bengal, about 830 km Southeast of Gopalpur,” said an IMD release.
The system is most likely to intensify into a deep depression during next 24 hours and into a cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours, it added.
It will move East-Northeastwards and reach East-central Bay of Bengal off North Myanmar coast on 23rd October evening/night. Thereafter, it will recurve initially north-northwestwards skipping Myanmar coast and then northwestwards towards Northwest and adjoining West-central Bay of Bengal.
The Met department said that the possible impact of the cyclonic storm on Odisha can be ascertained only on October 24.
“We can not say anything at the moment as the cyclonic storm is yet to be formed. We can get a clear picture on October 24 when the deep depression would intensify into a cyclonic storm,” said Sarat Chandra Sahu, IMD Bhubaneswar director.
He, however, said Distant Cautionary Signal Number One ( DC-I) kept hoisted at all ports in Odisha.
Fishermen are advised to be cautious while venturing into interior/distant sea along Odisha coast.