A 'yellow' alert has been sounded for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as the cyclonic storm 'Pabuk' is moving towards the archipelago, a Home Ministry official said today.
The sea condition will be high over the Andaman Islands, the Andaman Sea and the adjoining areas of east-central and south-east Bay of Bengal till January 7 due to the cyclonic storm, he said
'Pabuk' to become 'rough' over Bay of Bengal by January-8
'Pabuk' originated over the Gulf of Thailand and neighborhood, moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 10 kmph, and lay centered over Thailand and neighborhood, said the official.
The storm will become 'very rough' over south-east and east-central Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands, and the adjoining Andaman Sea by January 8, and 'rough' over east-central and adjoining south-east Bay of Bengal by January 8.
Advisory: Suspend fishing operation, move to safe places
The sea condition will be 'very rough' over the Nicobar Islands till tomorrow.
People in the Andaman Islands are advised to remain in safe places, the official said.
The weather department has advised total suspension of fishing-operation over the Andaman Sea, and adjoining south-east and east-central Bay of Bengal till January 7 and over east-central and adjoining south-east Bay of Bengal till January 8.
Storm likely to cross Andaman Islands at 70-80 kmph
Fishermen are advised not to venture into Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal during the period, the official said.
"It's very likely to move west-northwestwards and emerge into Andaman Sea by today forenoon. Thereafter, it's very likely to move northwestwards and cross Andaman Islands around evening/night of January-6, as a cyclonic-storm with wind speed of 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph," he added.
Cyclone 'Pabuk' will weaken during January 7-8
The cyclonic storm is very likely to move north-northwestwards and then recurve northeastwards towards Myanmar coast and weaken gradually during January 7-8. According to the bulletin, the sea-condition will be high over Andaman Sea along and off south Myanmar and Thailand coast till this evening.
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