30 November 2017
Bhubaneswar: The cyclonic storm Ockhi which has intensified over the Arabian Sea and southern coast of India, is unlikely to have an impact on the eastern shoreline. While weather over Odisha will remain dry during next 24 hours, the Met Department has adviced Paradip and Gopalpur port authorities to hoist Distant Warning signal Number Two (DW-II).
The cyclonic storm laid centred over southeast Arabian Sea at around 5:30 pm, about 1,560 km South-West of Gopalpur and 290 km east-southeast of Minicoy.
According to the reports from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Ockhi was over Comorin area and had moved west-northwestwards. Latest observations, radar and satellite imageries indicates that the cyclonic storm moved further west-northwestwards with a speed of 20 kmph during the past six hours on Thursday evening.
“The system is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards across Lakshadweep Islands during next 36 hours and then move northwestwards during the subsequent 24 hours,” the local IMD centre informed in its evening bulletin.
The IMD had earlier announced the arrival Ockhi, the first tropical storm of the season, which would impact the districts in South Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep. The name Ockhi is coined by Bangladesh, which in Bengali means ‘eye’.