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Cyclone alert issued for Andhra, Odisha as low pressure area over Bay of Bengal intensifies into depression

India Today logo India Today 25-09-2021 Kumar Kunal

A cyclone alert has been issued for north coastal Andhra Pradesh districts and southern parts of Odisha on Saturday, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

In its latest update, the IMD said a low-pressure area was formed over the Bay of Bengal concentrating into a depression, which is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours.

The weather department said the form of a cyclonic storm could remain in that shape for two days on Saturday and Sunday before weakening into a depression on Monday.

"Depression intnsfd into a Deep Depression over North and adj central BoB, likely to intnsify into a CS next 12 hrs and to cross south Odisha north AP coasts around Kalingapatnam by eve of 26Sept.

Cyclone Alert for north AP and adj south Odisha coasts Yellow Message #imd #cyclone," the IMD said on Twitter.

Heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places are likely on Saturday and Sunday over coastal Andhra Pradesh and heavy falls at isolated places over north interior Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Telangana, the IMD said.

Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kilometres per hour gusting to 75 kmph is very likely northwest and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal and along and off Odisha, West Bengal and north Andhra Pradesh coasts on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said, "It is likely to move initially west-northwestwards during next 24 hours and west-southwestwards thereafter and cross south Odisha-north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Vishakhapatnam and Gopalpur around Kalingapatnam by Sunday evening."

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the deep sea and return to the coast by Saturday.

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