Vikash Sharma

India Meteorological Department (IMD) DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Monday informed that the cyclonic storm Michaung has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm.

The severe cyclonic storm Michaung is likely to cross South Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam, close to Bapatla during the forenoon of December 5 as a severe cyclonic storm.

After crossing the coast with maximum sustained wind speed is likely to be around 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph, the system is likely to head towards southern Odisha. By the time, the system would have weakened. Under its influence, several parts of Odisha will experience rainfall activities from December 4 onwards, said Mohapatra.

According to the IMD DG, the intensity of rainfall is likely to increase from December 5. Some districts are likely to experience heavy rainfall activities, he said.

“The wind speed in interior parts of southern Odisha will be around 35 to 45 kmph and south coastal districts will experience 40 to 50 kmph on December 5 and 6. There is no likely of possible damage to structures, but it may crops due to rain and wind. Fishermen should not venture into sea till December 6,”said Mohapatra.

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