‘Warda’ moving towards AP, might spare Odisha : IMD


Bhubaneswar: ‘Warda’ the low pressure turned depression over South East Bay of Bengal is likely to move northwestwards towards Andhra Pradesh coast during next 72 hours and change into a deep depression in next 24 hours and subsequently into a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours.

Mtutyunjaya Mohapatra head of cyclone warning division of IMD in state said the cyclonic storm could have minimal impact on the state since it is moving towards AP.

At present it lied centred at around 1180 km southeast of Vishakhapatnam, 1210 km south-southeast of Gopalpur, 260 km west-northwest of Car Nicobar islands and 310 km south-southwest of Port Blair.

The IMD has warned fishermen not to venture out into the sea as conditions would be rough. IMD Director SC Sahoo said impact of the cyclonic storm could be assessed after it touches AP coast. “If it crosses somewhere near Vizag then it would have effect on the state while if it touches somewhere down below then its impact would be negligible,” he said.

Meanwhile, IMD has warned of heavy rainfall at some places and moderate rainfall in most places of Andaman Islands in the next 24 hours. Winds of 45 to 50 kmph gusting up to 60 kmph would prevail on and off Andaman coast.

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