One can well imagine that, had Indian Meteorological Department not predicted this cyclone on time, how much devastation it would have brought. IMD not only predicted that when the cyclone will hit the States, but also anticipated about the exact speed of the wind.
IMD beats global weather agencies
At a time when all top international weather agencies provided wrong information as in case of Cyclone Phailin last year, this is surely like a extraordinary feat for IMD. We must acknowledge and applaud this well timed, accurate prediction by our own weather agency.
The Odisha sun times writes, "The IMD has proved yet again that it is the most trustworthy source of information, estimation and prediction when it comes to tropical storms in the north Indian ocean. It had made accurate predictions on the path of Hudhud, strike area and even the time of landfall".
The website further writes that the agency not only provided timely prediction, but it's various centers kept the government agencies, media and the people informed through its regular updates, alerts and SMS, which prevented massive devastation.
Earlier, as the cyclonic storm moved away from the state and proceeded north-westwards continuing to lose steam gradually, rain and thundershower was expected at most places over Odisha till Monday, IMD centre had said.
The met office forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places in districts of North Odisha during next 12 and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places in districts of North Odisha in subsequent 24 hours.
It was exactly a year ago that Cyclone Phailin had hit the north coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh leaving two dead. More than 2.5 lakh people were reportedly marooned in Odisha as a result of heavy rains and floods due to Cyclone Phailin which claimed the lives of 30 people in various rain-related incidents.