Bhubaneshwar: The meteorological department has raised a cyclone alert after a depression over the east-central Bay of Bengal moved further west-northwestwards towards the Odisha coast.  “The depression is likely to intensify on Tuesday and turn into a cyclonic storm. It is very likely to move northwestward towards Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 72 hours,” an advisory issued by National Emergency Response Centre said.

Odisha is likely to experience heavy rainfall on October 10 and October 11. The state government has asked all the district collectors to remain alert, sources said. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into deep sea areas of central Bay of Bengal during October 8 to 12 and north Bay of Bengal between October 9 to 12. Heavy rains are also likely at isolated places in Mizoram and Tripura, north Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, coastal Karnataka and Kerala. NDMA has regularly been tweeting advice on how to deal with cyclone. It has also been issuing warnings from its twitter handle @ndmaindia.

The Met department said that gail wind speed reaching 80­-90 kmph is prevailing over west-central and adjoining southwest Arabian Sea. Squally winds speed reaching 40­50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph were very likely over the north Andaman Sea, southeast and the adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal and Andaman Islands, south-east and east-central Arabian Sea. Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph very also likely to commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal coasts from Tuesday night. Rough to very rough sea conditions were likely to prevail over the above mentioned areas. it said, advising fishermen not to venture into these areas.