New Delhi: A deep depression formed over the Indian Ocean is fast developing into a severe cyclonic storm, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said, in its latest forecast issued on Saturday.

The department has warned that the cyclone is likely to become ' severe' during the next 24 hours and become 'very severe' around April 30, when its likely to cross the Tamil Nadu coast.

The IMD had located the system at 1180 km southeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 1460 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh) on Saturday morning.

It is moving northwestwards with a speed of 18 kmph and is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next six hours (11 am to 4 pm) on Saturday.

The cyclone would gain more strength during the next 24 hours and turn into a severe cyclonic storm on April 28. Over the next four days, it would move northwestwards off Sri Lanka coast.

The officials have warned that it would become ‘very severe’ around April 30, when its likely to reach the coastal Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Strong wind speed reaching 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph over Bay of Bengal would ravage the coastal areas of north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh coast from April 30 morning and reach upto 160 kmph from May 1 morning.

The department has alerted the National Disaster Response Force and Chief Secretaries of coastal states including Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Odisha and West Bengal to take adequate measures.

Fisherman have been advised not to venture into the deep seas, as sea conditions would become very rough along and off Puducherry, Tamilnadu and south Andhra Pradesh Coasts from 29th April to May 1.

“Those, who are out in deep sea areas are advised return to the coast by April 28," said the officials.

Source: IMD