Tropical Cyclone Phailin, which is knocking at India’s Eastern Coast is expected to land during the night hours of October 12, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
Also See: What is Cyclone Phailin?
IMD has predicted excessive rains and heavy damage in the coastal regions including Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In Andamans, it is expected to cause heavy damage to thatched huts and Breaking of tree branches causing minor damage to power and communication lines.
According to the latest Information, Phailin is currently over east central Bay of Bengal moved slightly northwest wards intensified further and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of today the 10th October 2013 as cyclonic storm near latitude 14.50N and longitude 91.50E, about 850 km southeast of Paradip, 900 km east-southeast of Kalingapatnam, and 950 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam.
The system would intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. It would continue to move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast between Kalingapatnam and Paradip by night of 12th October, 2013 as a very severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 175-185 km/h.
Under the influence of this system, rainfall at most places with heavy to very
heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (≥ 25cm) would occur over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next 12 hrs. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur in subsequent 24 hrs.
Squally winds speed reaching 50-60 km/h gusting to 70 km/h would prevail
over Andaman Nicobar Islands and adjoining sea areas during next 24 hours. Sea condition will be very rough along and off Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next 24 hrs.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into Andaman sea and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal during next 48 hrs. Fishermen out at sea along north Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal coast are advised to return to coast.
In Odisha, the State Government has issued a high alert and cancelled the Dusshera holidays of employees in 14 districts. The District collectors have been asked to ensure the safety of the people. The deployment of National Disaster Response Force in all vulnerable points has also been ordered.