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IMD: Cyclone Michaung Set to Intensify into Severe Storm Monday

The cyclonic storm ‘Michaung’ over the Bay of Bengal is active and expected to build further into a severe cyclonic storm by Monday, according to the IMD, as certain portions of Odisha got mild to moderate rain.

The IMD issued a Yellow Warning (be updated) of 7 cm to 11 cm rainfall on Monday in five southern Odisha districts: Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati, and Ganjam, and the intensity of rain (orange warning) is expected to rise in these regions on December 5.

The cyclonic storm ‘Michaung’ (pronounced as Migjaum) over Southwest and adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of 10 kmph during past 6 hours at 5.30 am of Monday and located at about 110 km east-northeast of Chennai, 190 km southeast of Nellore, 210 km northeast of Puducherry, 310 km south-southeast of Bapatla and 330 km southeast of Machilipatnam.

It is expected to travel north-northwest and build into a strong cyclonic storm by Monday. “Thereafter, it would move nearly northwards almost parallel and close to the south Andhra Pradesh coast and cross the South Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam, close to Bapatla during the forenoon of December 5 as a severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph,” the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a special bulletin.

On December 6, a yellow rain warning has been issued for one or two locations in Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Nayagarh, Khordha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, and Rayagada districts.

The IMD has also warned of squally winds reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph along and off the Odisha coast (Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, and Jagatsinghpur) starting December 4 evening and progressively increasing to 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph over the next 12 hours starting December 5 evening.

It would then progressively decline. It also predicted high surface wind speeds of 30-40 kmph with gusts up to 50 kmph across the Odisha districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, and Rayagada on December 5.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into deep sea along and off Odisha coast during December 4-6.

Meanwhile, farmers have started harvesting their standing matured crops as advised by the state government, an official said.

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