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No Landfall Of Cyclone; IMD

Bhubaneswar: India Meteorological Department (IMD) has announced that the cyclonic storm brewing in the Bay of Bengal will not make landfall in either Odisha or Andhra Pradesh but will move parallel to the coast.

This will recurve north-north-eastwards and move towards northwest Bay of Bengal after nearing the North Andhra-Odisha coast, IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said.      

“The well-marked low-pressure area intensified into a depression and is now moving towards the coast in the northwestwards direction. It will continue to move in that direction till 10 May 10 evening, and thereafter recurve in the sea north-northeastwards and move parallel to the coast,” IMD Chief said.

 Dr.Mohapatra said that sea conditions near the Odisha coast will become rough on 9 May 9 and rougher on May 10. The wind speed in the sea will increase to 80-90 kmph on 10 May, he said.

“In the coastal areas of Odisha, the wind speed will be around 40-50 kmph, gusting up to 60 kmph. The maximum wind speed will be 50-60 kmph. The windy conditions will prevail till 11 May and reduce thereafter,” he said.

Under its impact, Odisha’s coastal districts such as Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur and Puri will receive light to moderate rainfall after 10 May evening, Dr.Mohapatra said.

According to IMD’s special bulletin, light to moderate rainfall is very likely to occur at many places in coastal Odisha on 10 May evening. Heavy rainfall (7-11 cm) is very likely to occur at one or two places in Gajapati, Ganjam, and Puri. The following day, heavy rain will lash one or two places in Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack.