The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its bulletin issued at 8:30 am on Sunday has said that cyclone 'Phailin' will weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm by noon on Sunday. The cyclone is thereafter expected to turn into a deep depression by Sunday evening.
Here is bulletin issued by the Met department at 8:30 am on Sunday:
The very severe cyclonic storm, Phailin over Odisha moved northwards during past 3 hours with a speed of 20 kmph and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of 13th October 2013 over Odisha near latitude 20.00 N and longitude 84.50 E, close to Phulbani. The system would move northwards for some more time and weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm by noon of today and into a deep depression by evening of today.
Estimated track and intensity of the system are given in the Table below:
Date/Time(IST) Position Sustained maximum surface wind speed (kmph) Category
13-10-2013/0530 20.5/84.5 130-140 gusting to 150 Very Severe Cyclonic Storm
13-10-2013/1130 21.5/84.5 80-90 gusting to 100 Cyclonic Storm
13-10-2013/1730 22.3/84.8 50-60 gusting to 70 Deep Depression
13-10-2013/2330 23.5/85.2 40-50 gusting to 60 Depression
14-10-2013/0530 24.8/85.7 35-45 gusting to 55 Depression