Bhubaneswar: The depression over east central Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression over west central Bay of Bengal. The India Meteorological Department, Bhubaneswar today issued cyclone alert for south Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts.
“The depression over west-central & adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal moved nearly westwards with a speed about 15 kmph in past six hours, intensified into a deep depression and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 20th September, 2018 over west-central Bay of Bengal near latitude 17.5 0N and longitude 87.0 0E, about 310 km east-southeast of Kalingapatnam (Coastal Andhra Pradesh) and about 300 km east-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha),” said the latest IMD bulletin.
“It is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. It is very likely to move west-north-westwards and cross south Odisha – north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Kalingapatnam & Puri (Odisha), close to Gopalpur around midnight of today, the 20th September as a cyclonic storm with wind speed of 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph,” the bulletin added.
Under its pressure squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely along West Bengal, Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts during next six hours, it said.
It also alerted the Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri districts.
The condition of the sea will be rough to very rough over North Bay of Bengal and along and off Odisha, West Bengal and north Andhra Pradesh Coasts during next 24 hours.
Fishermen were advised not to venture into northwest Bay of Bengal and along and off Odisha, West Bengal and north Andhra Pradesh Coasts during next 24 hours.