New Delhi: The Phailin will remain a severe Cyclonic storm says the latest update from the Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) head office in New Delhi. The Director General (DG) LK Rathore who addressed a media conference said that the Cyclone was just 200 km away from Orissa's Gopalpur. He informed that the Cyclone will make the landfall between 6 pm and 8 pm on Saturday evening. It will be converted into a depression once it makes landfall. It has already been raining heavily in Odisha coast.
Rathore said, "at the time of crossing AP-Odisha coast, it will remain a very severe storm. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected at most places across Odisha, very severe rainfall likely at some places. The AP coast will also get heavy rain".
The Cyclone is expected cause rain across Eastern UP and West Bengal. The heavy rain may cause a huge damage to standing crops in these areas.