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Cyclone Pabuk: IMD warns fishermen in Andaman against going out to sea

IMD urged people on the Andaman Islands to remain in safe places and suspend all fishing operations in the Andaman Sea and southeast and east-central Bay of Bengal from January 5-7

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Cyclonic Storm Pabuk over the and neighbourhood moved further west-northwestwards with a speed of 21kmph in the past six hours, the said Saturday and warned fishermen against venturing out to sea.

The storm is very likely to move west-northwestwards for some more time, it said.

"Thereafter, it is very likely to move northwestwards and cross around evening of 06th January as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 70-80kmph gusting to 90kmph. Thereafter, it is very likely to move north-northwestwards and then recurve northeastwards towards coast and weaken gradually during January 7 and 8," the department said.

Rainfall at many places with heavy falls at isolated places very likely to commence over the and gale wind speed reaching 70-80kmph gusting to 90kmph is likely to prevail.

The IMD warned of damage to thatched huts and power and communication lines when the storm passes the region. It urged people on the to remain in safe places and suspend all fishing operations in the and southeast and east-central from January 5-7 and over east central and adjoining southeast on January 8.

The storm is likely to be very rough over south-east and east-central Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands and the adjoining by January 8 and rough over east-central and adjoining south-east by January 8.

Pabuk, a once in three-decades weather system, originated over the Gulf of made landfall on Friday afternoon in Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

First Published: Sat, January 05 2019. 17:25 IST