The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday predicted that a low-pressure area formed over the South Andaman Sea today is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm and reach the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast early next week, which will cause heavy rains in the states. Meanwhile, the Odisha government has made arrangements to tackle the situation and directed the collectors of cyclone-affected districts to remain alert for any situation.
“This system will intensify into a depression by Saturday evening, as it moves northwestwards. It will intensify further and become a cyclonic storm by the evening of May 8 and continue to move northwestwards and reach off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts on May 10,” a special weather bulletin, issued by IMD on Friday, stated.
The Odisha government said the coast guard and Indian Navy have been put on alert following the forecast. Fishermen have been asked to not venture into the sea in view of the brewing cyclonic storm. A war-room has been set up to deal with both pre and post-cyclonic situations.
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