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Cyclonic storm alert in Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), under the Home Ministry, has cautioned the against a looming cyclonic storm in the next two to three days, official sources said.

In an advisory to AP Padhi and Special Relief Commission B P Sethi, the NERC said Monday a depression formed over southeast was likely to move northwestwards towards over the next 72 hours.

"The depression is likely to intensify by tomorrow (Tuesday) and turn into a cyclonic storm in the following hours. It is very likely to move northwestward towards Odisha and adjoining north coast during the next 72 hours," the advisory said.

The should take appropriate precautionary measures under such circumstances, it added.

H R Biswas, the in Bhubaneswar, also confirmed in the morning that a "depression has been recorded at a distance of around 720 km from Gopalpur coast in Odisha".

The state was likely to experience heavy rainfall on October 10 and October 11, he stated.

(SRC) B P Sethi said he was in touch with the headquarters in on the matter.

The would issue alert to districts well in advance, he said.

The IMD, in a special bulletin Monday afternoon, said Odisha could expect heavy to very-heavy rainfall at isolated places in the coastal areas for four days, beginning on October 9.

Squally winds reaching a speed of 45 to 55 km per hour, gusting to 65 km per hour, were also likely to prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and coasts from October 9 afternoon, it said.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into central from October 8 to 10 and northern part of the sea from October 9 to 11, added.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 16:25 IST