Possible cyclone likely to move towards Odisha-WB coasts: IMD

Bhubaneswar: A depression over Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea is very likely to intensify into a deep depression and further into a cyclonic storm, which is likely to move towards Odisha-West Bengal coasts, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.

The depression is very likely to intensify into a Deep Depression during next 12 hours and into a Cyclonic Storm during the subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards initially and then north-northwestwards, towards Odisha-West Bengal coasts, a bulletin of the IMD issued at 9.30 AM said.

Light to moderate rainfall at most places very likely to commence over coastal districts of Odisha from November 9, it said. Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph likely to commence over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha-West Bengal coasts from November 8 evening and gradually increase thereafter, it added.

The IMD has further forecasted that the system is likely to intensify into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm around November 9 morning with maximum sustained surface wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.

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