The cyclone which is threatening Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast, was named by Thailand. Phailin, which means sapphire in Thai, is the last of the first set of 32 names suggested by Asian countries since 2004. It is a violent tropical cyclone currently threatening the eastern coast of the country. The cyclone originated from an area of low pressure over the Andaman Sea and is slowly consolidating into a depression. On Friday, the cyclone gained forward momentum and attained gale-force winds and designated as Cyclonic Storm Phailin, becoming the second storm of the season. Phailin is now forecasted to intensify further in the next two days, and make landfall over north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts at peak strength. IMD says that it would hit India’s Eastern Coast on the night of October 12.
Flooding caused by storm surge with height of around 1.5-2.0 m would inundate low lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha and Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh during landfall.
Minor disruption of rail and road traffic along with potential threat from flying debris is also expected.
Extensive damage is expected to temporary houses and agricultural crops and it will also lead to partial disruption of power and communication lines.
State of the sea along and off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coastal regions will be rough to very rough from Friday morning.
Cyclone Phailin will further intensify with maximum sustained wind speed reaching at 175-185 kmph along and off coastal districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall will also lash a few places over the north coast of Andhra Pradesh beginning Saturday and very heavy rainfall will occur over coastal areas of West Bengal from Sunday, October 13.
The Cyclone will continue and extend to interior Odisha and coastal areas of Gangetic West Bengal from Sunday morning.
Coastal Odisha is expected to get heavy rains in and around isolated areas of extremely heavy rainfall starting Saturday morning.
It originated from an area of low pressure over the Andaman Sea, and will be moving close to Gopalpur in Odisha by Saturday evening with a maximum sustained wind speed of 175-185 kmph, the IMD in its bulletin stated.
The Cyclone is classified in the Severe Cyclonic Storm.
(With inputs from agencies)
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