Bhubaneswar: The Met department has informed that the deep depression over eastcentral Bay of Bengal is over 700 kms away from Gopalpur. It moved further west-northwestwards in past three hours and intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Kyant’ and lay centred over eastcentral Bay of Bengal, about 620 km north-northwest of Port Blair, 710 km south-southeast of Gopalpur and 850 km east of Vishakhapatnam. The system will move initially west-northwestwards and then west to west-southwestwards towards westcentral Bay of Bengal during next 72 hours.
Since the depression has recurved from its original path and moving towards Andhra Pradesh now, its impact will not be as strong in Odisha, though the state will experience heavy rainfall, officials said.
“Kyant’s impact on Odisha may not be as severe as Hudhud or Phailin,” said a met official. Meanwhile the fishermen warning is still intact since winds of speed varying between 50 to 65 kmph will be experienced.
The state government has made its preparations with CM Naveen Patnaik conducting an emergency meeting today with all department secretaries. Coastal districts have been alerted and 24×7 control rooms set up while district collectors have already been instructed to help farmers protect their produce from rainfall and cyclonic shelters readied for the situation. Newly appointed health minister Pradeep Amat has ordered for cancel of leaves of all government health staff ahead of the cyclone while today other government department leaves were also cancelled for October 29 and 30.
IMD Warning: (i) Wind: Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely to commence along and off Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh coasts from 27 th October 2016 onwards.
(ii) Fishermen Warning: Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh coasts from 27th October onwards.