The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued an Orange alert for the Andaman Islands as Cyclonic Storm Pabuk moved further west-northwestwards with a speed of 13 kmph in the past six hours. The IMD has also warned fishermen against venturing out to sea.
The storm is very likely to move west-northwestwards for some more time, it said. "Thereafter, it is very likely to move northwestwards and cross the Andaman Islands around the evening of January 6 as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 70-80kmph gusting to 90kmph. Thereafter, it is very likely to move north-northwestwards and then recurve northeastwards towards Myanmar coast and weaken gradually during January 7 and 8," the department said.
Rainfall at many places with heavy falls at isolated places very likely to commence over the Andaman Islands and gale wind speed reaching 70-80kmph gusting to 90kmph is likely to prevail.
The storm is likely to be very rough over the south-east and the 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.
Pabuk, a once in the three-decades weather system, originated over the Gulf of Thailand made landfall on Friday afternoon in Nakhon Si Thammarat province.