Cyclone Kyant drifts towards AP, no threat to Odisha: SRC

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today said the Cyclone Kyant will have no threat to the state.

“The Cyclone Kyant will pose no threat to the life and property in Odisha as it will cause sporadic rainfall in some parts of the coastal districts. The situation today is much better for Odisha as compared to yesterday. As per the information by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) yesterday, the cyclone was expected to hit the south of Vizag in Andhra Pradesh. But as per the IMD release today, the cyclone is moving towards further south. Going by the trend of the cyclone, there will be no threat to Odisha as it is moving away from its coast. There will be cloudy weather in the coastal districts today while some parts of the coastal districts will have sporadic rainfall tomorrow,” Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradipta Mohapatra told media persons here.

As per an IMD release this afternoon, the Cyclone Kyant, which is formed over the east-south-east Bay of Bengal, will move towards west-central Bay of Bengal in the next 72 hours away from Ganjam and Gajapati districts. Under its influence, sporadic rainfall in some parts of coastal districts and at one or two places over the interior district is likely on October 27 and 28 after which the impact of the cyclone will gradually become less.

As per the latest IMD release, the cyclonic storm Kyant over central Bay of Bengal moved further towards west-south-west in the last six hours with speed 18 kmph and lay centred over west-central Bay of Bengal, near Latitude 16.3º N and Longitude 87.0º E, about 400 km southeast of Gopalpur at about 5.30 PM. It is most likely to move towards west-south-west in west-central Bay of Bengal during next 72 hours.

As the cyclone is still in the Bay of Bengal, IMD has advised fishermen not to venture into the sea as surface wind from north-east direction with speed reaching 45-50 kmph with gusting up to 55 kmph would prevail along and off the Odisha coast which will make the sea condition rough to very rough during the period.

The fishermen, who are already in deep sea, have been advised to return to coast immediately.

Besides, IMD has also hoisted Distant Warning (DW) signal number-2 at all ports of Odisha.

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