However, the distance warning signal, meant for ports, has been kept at two, said a latest bulletin from the Bhubaneswar branch of the met office The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued cyclone warning number 4 for coastal Odisha regarding upcoming tropical storm Lehar today. The warning is two notches below Phailin, which had devastated the state on October 12. However, the distance warning signal, meant for ports, has been kept at two, said a latest bulletin from the Bhubaneswar branch of the met office. The cyclonic storm 'Lehar' created over Andaman Sea moved north-west-wards with a speed of 20 Kmph during past six hours and lay centred today about 200 km east-south-east of Port Blair and 1380 Km South-east of Gopalpur.
The system would intensify further, and cross Andaman & Nicobar Islands, close to Port Blair tonight, as per a latest bulleting of IMD. . "It would then emerge into South-east Bay of Bengal, and intensify further gradually into a very severe cyclonic storm. It would cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Machillipatnam and Kalingapatnam near Kakinada around 28 November," the bulletin added. The state Special Relief Commissioner said, though the upcoming cyclone is no threat to the state, still as a precautionary measure, all coastal district collectors have been asked to stay alert.