Andhra Pradesh and Odisha braced up on Wednesday to meet any eventuality of a cyclone possibly hitting their coast, even as experts said the intensity of the brewing storm will be known in the next 48 hours.
The Odisha government put 14 districts on high alert, though the IMD predicted that Cyclone Kyant is likely to move towards the Andhra Pradesh coast. Fishermen in both the states have been advised not to venture into the sea this week, while Met office has predicted moderate to heavy rain and thundershowers on Friday.
The wind system, named Kyant, lay centred in Bay of Bengal, 620 km southeast of Visakhapatnam, the Cyclone Warning Centre said.
“Kyant’s movement appears to be peculiar at present,” Sudha Valli, a senior official with the centre’s Visakhapatnam office, told HT. “It will take another 24 hours to assess its exact landfall.”
Landfall is the event of a storm moving over land after being over water.
Kyant will trigger strong surface winds from northerly direction with speed ranging from 45 to 50 km per hour along and off north coastal Andhra, Valli said. “We have not issued a cyclonic warning signal, but have advised local fishermen not to venture into the sea,” she added.
In Odisha, chief minister Naveen Patnaik issued directions to the collectors in coastal, northern and southern districts through video-conferencing while reviewing the preparedness.
IMD director S C Sahoo, who attended the meeting, said coastal Odisha and its adjacent districts may experience rainfall under Kyant’s impact on Thursday and Friday.
At present, the cyclone is moving in a west-northwest direction. Gradually, it will start shifting westward and then re-curve west-southwestwards by late Wednesday or early Thursday.
There will be high-velocity (70-80 kmph) gusts. Districts in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, including Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Puri, Gajapati, Ganjam, Gopalpur and East Godavari, have been identified as high risk-prone to Kyant.
A surge in the storm can leave low-lying with flood-like conditions. The sea will be rough.
(With inputs from HTC Kolkata, PTI)