Odisha braces for heavy downpour, squally winds
Weather system to intensify into deep depression in the next 24 hours: Met office
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.
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