Bhubaneswar: Places in south Odisha like Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada will experience rain from tomorrow and will continue till December 18 under the influence of deep depression over Bay of Bengal has rather moved slowly north-westwards and has only covered 150 kms in last 24 hours. It is still 700 kms away from east-southeast Chennai. The system which centered around 9.2°N and 85.2°E will intensify into a cyclone by today.
In subsequent 12-18 hours, it will intensify into a severe cyclonic storm. After becoming a cyclone, it will move north-northwest wards. Cloud configuration has already turned acquiring stormy features with circular cloud mass and having significant cloud bands on northeast and west of the system, showing signs of severe intensification.
As per the timeline, the probable cyclone is likely to cross the coast somewhere between Ongole and Kakinada by the late afternoon of December 17. As per the experts, the coastline of North Tamil Nadu and South Andhra Pradesh is going to be lashed with strong squally gusty winds from December 16 onward accompanied with heavy to very heavy rains much before December 16.