Puri, October 8: The National Emergency Response Centre (NERC) has issued a warning to Odisha and Andhra Pradesh against a looming cyclonic storm in the next two to three days. The storm will be caused by a low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal which will intensify into a deep depression. This depression will bring heavy rain in Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh. HR Biswas, Director of Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar said, "Low pressure formed over Bay of Bengal to intensify into a deep depression in next 24 hours and further likely to deepen into a cyclone in 48 hours".
Biswas also confirmed in the morning that a “depression has been recorded at a distance of around 720 km from Gopalpur coast in Odisha”. The IMD, in a special bulletin on Monday afternoon informed that Odisha could expect heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in the coastal areas for four days, beginning on October 9. Red Alert in Kerala's Idukki and Malappuram Districts, IMD Predicts Heavy Rainfall for Next 5 Days.
In an advisory to chief secretary AP Padhi and special relief commission BP Sethi, the NERC said on Monday that a depression formed over the southeast Bay of Bengal was likely to move northwestwards towards Odisha coast over the next 72 hours. Heavy Rains Forecast For South India, Red Alert Issued in Kerala Districts.
The IMD said squally winds reaching a speed of 45 to 55 km per hour were also likely to prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal coasts from October 9 afternoon. It added that fishermen have been advised not to venture into the central Bay of Bengal from October 8 to 10 and northern part of the sea from October 9 to 11.