Vikash Sharma

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said that a low-pressure area over South Thailand and neighbourhood is likely to emerge into the Andaman Sea in the next 12 hours. Subsequently, it will concentrate into a Depression by December 2 and intensify into a Cyclonic Storm over central Bay of Bengal by December 3.

In an exclusive interview to OTV, IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra today said that the cyclonic storm is likely to move northwestwards, intensify further and reach north Andhra Pradesh­-Odisha coasts by the morning of December 4, 2021.

According to Mohapatra, several parts of Odisha will start experiencing rainfall activities from December 3 and some parts will experience heavy to very heavy and isolated heavy rainfall (more than 20 cms) on December 4, 2021.

40 to 50 kph wind speed is likely to prevail along Odisha coast from December 3 and its speed will increase gradually.

Initially south Odisha districts will experience rainfall and the intensity of rainfall will increase in north coastal districts of the State subsequently. Fishermen, who are in sea, have been advised to return to the shore by December 2.

“The system will intensify into a Depression by December 2 and by December 3 it is likely to take shape of a cyclonic storm. During the cyclonic storm, the wind speed is likely to be within 60-90 kmph. It is likely to reach coast by December 4 and it may intensify into a severe cyclonic stage as well,” said Mohapatra.

However, Mohapatra clarified that things will be clearer after the Depression is formed. “After reaching the coast, the cyclonic storm will not cross immediately, rather it will move towards north-northwest wards,” he added.

Meanwhile, the impending cyclone has stolen the sleep of farmers who have already suffered huge loss due to low pressure triggered incessant rain. 

“We are now forced to cut paddy crops fearing the cyclone. If the crops are not harvested, it will rot in the field due to the rain water,” said a farmer in Khordha.