Odisha Cyclone Alert – October is known as the cyclone month in Odisha as major cyclones in the past starting from Super cyclone in 1999, Phailin in 2013, Hudhud in 2014 all occurred in the month of October and caused major devastations in the state.
A deep depression formed over the Bay of Bengal has been intensifying into a cyclonic storm and likely to hit North East coast of India, most probably Odisha on October 27, said India Meteorology Department (IMD).
The wind speed is likely to be around 100 km per hour and there will be rain in central and north Odisha on Octeber 27 and 28 under its pressure
Depression is currently located about 950 kms east southeast of Gopalpur and slowly moving towards Mynamar. “From preliminary observation it shows that the system will change its direction on Sunday night and recurve towards north west coast of Bay of Bengal and his the coast of India on October 27 morning,” said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, head of Cyclone Warning Division of IMD, New Delhi.
Odisha government has shown promptness and asked farmers to take home harvested crops from fields before the cyclone hits.
“Things are not very clear so far but since Central and North Odisha is likely to be hit, we would advise farmers to take away their harvested crops before rain damages them,” said Special Relief Commissioner, P K Mohapatra.