Bhubaneswar, Apr 28: A deep depression over South East and adjoining South West Bay of Bengal today moved north-westwards and intensified into a cyclonic storm (NARGIS) and lay centred at about 700 kms south of Gopalpur.
Met sources quoting latest satellite imageries said the system is likely to intensify further and move in a North Westerly direction.
It is likely to recurve and move north-eastwards and cause rain and thundershowers at a few places over south Orissa and isolated places over north Orissa.
Meanwhile, the authority today replaced the Distant Cautionary Signal Number One( DC-I ) by Distant warning signal no 2 (DW-II) at Paradeep and Gopalpur Ports.
Met sources said strong and gusty surface wind from south-westerly direction with speed reaching 45 to 55 kms per hour is likely to lash along and off Orissa coast. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea during the next 48 hours.