Cyclone Pabuk: ‘Orange’ alert issued

Port Blair: Cyclone Pabuk is now over the Andaman sea and its neighbourhood and it has moved north-northwestwards at a speed of 20 kmph in the last six hours.

The Centre has sounded an Orange alert for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which is facing a cyclonic storm, officials said Sunday.

Cyclonic storm Pabuk is approaching the archipelago and currently hovering over the Andaman sea and the neighbourhood, they added.

An Orange warning had been issued for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a home ministry official said, quoting from a weather bulletin.

An orange weather warning means people should be prepared and there is an increased likelihood of bad or extreme weather, which may disrupt road and air travel and threaten life and property.

It lays centred about 310 km east-southeast of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The cyclonic storm is very likely to continue to move north-northwestwards and cross the Andaman islands by Sunday night with a wind speed of 65-75 kmph, gusting to 85 kmph, the official said.

Thereafter, it is very likely to move north-northwestwards and then recurve north-eastwards, towards the Myanmar coast, and weaken gradually thereafter, he added, quoting from the bulletin.

NT Bureau