Suryakant Jena

The Depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal has intensified into a Deep Depression, the India Meteorological Department said in a bulletin on Saturday.

The system is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by tomorrow morning (May 8) and into a severe cyclonic storm by evening.

The Deep Depression is moving at a speed of 20 kmph in the northwest direction and lay centred at 1180 km South-Southeast off Puri at around 5.30 pm today.

As per the weather agency data, the system will have developed as a severe cyclonic storm exhibiting wind speeds in the range of 90 to 100 kmph gusting up to 110 kmph starting from May 8 evening. It is likely to peak on May 9 exhibiting wind speeds of 105 to 115 kmph gusting up to 125 kmph.

The severe cyclone will continue to persist in its intensity all day long on May 10 before gradually weakening to a cyclonic storm by May 11 and subsequently into a deep depression a day after.