Odisha braces for heavy down­pour, squally winds

Weather sys­tem to in­ten­sify into deep de­pres­sion in the next 24 hours: Met of­fice

The Hindu - - NATION - Press Trust of In­dia

More than 10 dis­tricts of Odisha are likely to be lashed by heavy rain, cou­pled with squally winds, from Fri­day due to a de­pres­sion over the Bay of Ben­gal.

The de­pres­sion over the south­east Bay of Ben­gal and its neigh­bour­hood moved north­wards at a speed of about 35 kmph dur­ing the past six hours and lay cen­tred about 870 km south­east of Gopalpur, the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal cen­tre here said.

The sys­tem is likely to move north-north­west­wards and reach north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts around De­cem­ber 9 morn­ing, it said, adding the sys­tem is likely to in­ten­sify fur­ther into a deep de­pres­sion in the next 24 hours.

Weak­en­ing of sys­tem

How­ever, there is a prob­a­bil­ity of slight weak­en­ing of the sys­tem when it ap­proaches north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts.

Un­der its im­pact, rain or thun­der­shower is likely to oc­cur at some places in coastal dis­tricts and Ko­ra­put, Ga­jap­ati and Malka­n­giri dis­tricts by Fri­day. Wide­spread rain is ex­pected in coastal dis­tricts and many places in in­te­rior dis­tricts till De­cem­ber 10, di­rec­tor of lo­cal me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal of­fice S.C. Sahu said.

There­after, heavy rain­fall is likely to lash some places in Ga­jap­ati, Gan­jam, Raya­gada, Khorda, Puri, Ja­gats­ingh­pur, Ken­dra­para, Cut­tack, Malka­n­giri and Ko­ra­put dis­tricts in the sub­se­quent 48 hours.

The me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal of­fice ad­vised hoist­ing of Dis­tant Cau­tion­ary Sig­nal Num­ber One (DC-I) at Paradip and Gopalpur Ports in Odisha. Squally winds with a speed of 40 to 50 kmph and gust­ing up to 60 kmph is likely to pre­vail along and off Odisha coasts till De­cem­ber 10.

Sea con­di­tion would be rough to very rough along and off Odisha coasts and fish­er­men are ad­vised not to ven­ture into sea from De­cem­ber 10.

Rain in West Ben­gal

The me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal de­part­ment fore­cast heavy rain in the coastal areas of Gangetic West Ben­gal on Fri­day ow­ing to for­ma­tion of a de­pres­sion in the Bay of Ben­gal.

The dis­tricts of East Midnapore, West Midnapore, South 24 Par­ganas, North 24 Par­ganas and Howrah are likely to re­ceive heavy rain on Fri­day, Re­gional me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal di­rec­tor G.K. Das said.

BISWARANJAN ROUT ■

Un­der a cloud: Thurs­day A pas­sen­ger air­craft flies into rain clouds hov­er­ing above Bhubaneswar on

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