Ramakanta Biswas

With the system over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman sea is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 8 evening, IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Saturday ruled out any possibilities of landfall in Odisha or Andhra Pradesh. 

Speaking to OTV, Mohapatra said, “As per our information today, there will be no landfall in Odisha or Andhra Pradesh.” 

“The system is now moving towards the coast in northwestwards direction as a well-marked low pressure. The path will be northwestwards till May 10 and thereafter it will recurve in the sea towards north-northeastwards. After moving north-northeastwards, the system will weaken in the sea,” Mohapatra said.          

Asked about the impact of the storm on Odisha, the IMD DG said, “The condition of sea near Odisha coast will start becoming rough from May 9, and it will become rougher on May 10. The wind speed will increase upto 80-90 kmph over the sea area.”

As the sea condition will be rough, fisher folks should not venture into the sea from May 9. Those in the sea should come to the shore by May 8, he said.

“Light to moderate rainfall will start in coastal districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur and Puri after May 10 evening. In the coastal areas, the wind speed will be 40-50 kmph and gusting upto 60 kmph. The maximum wind speed will be 50-60 kmph,” Mohapatra said.

"The windy condition will continue till May 11 and thereafter, it will start reducing," the IMD DG added.