Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: Morning’s cyclonic storm over Bay of Bengal had intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and was gaining further strength on Monday.

Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre warned that, “morning’s Cyclonic Storm (NARGIS) over South West and adjoining South East and West Central Bay of Bengal remained practically stationary and intensified into a Severe Cyclonic Storm.

It was lay centred over the same area about 700 km South of Gopalpur.”

In the morning yesterday’s deep depression had intensified into a cyclonic storm. “The meteorological conditions on sea were favourable for the system to gain strength for further intensification,” S. C. Sahu, Director of Bhubaneswar Met Centre told The Hindu here on Monday. He, however, did not give a particular time frame as to at what time the storm could hit the Orissa coast.

“The system is likely to intensify further and move in a north northwesterly direction for some time and thereafter, it is likely to move northeastwards,” he said.

“Strong and gusty surface wind from south-westerly direction speed reaching 45 to 55 kilometer per hour is likely to blow along and off Orissa coast,” Mr. Sahu said.

Under its influence, rain or thundershowers were likely to occur at isolated places over the State particularly over South Orissa, he said.

Distant cautionary signal number One (DC-I) had been replaced by distant warning signal No.

Two (DW-II) at Paradip and Gopalpur ports, the met office source said.