Heavy rain to lash north, south Odisha in next 24 hours

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Bhubaneswar: The local Met office has predicted heavy rainfall in some parts of north and south Odisha in the next 24 hours under the influence of a deep depression.

A Met release issued this afternoon said the depression formed over Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal yesterday has moved north-westwards and lay centered at at 8:30 AM over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining Jharkhand near Latitude 24 degrees and Longitude 87.4 degrees east, about 280 km north of Balasore. The system is likely to move west-northwestwards and weaken into a depression during next 24 hours and further into a well marked low pressure area during the subsequent 24 hours.

Under its influence, rain or thunder shower will occur at most places over north Odisha and many places over South Odisha in the next 24 hours. Besides, heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur at one or two places over north Odisha and heavy rainfall at one or two places over south Odisha districts in the next 24 hours, the Met office said.

As gusty surface wind from westerly direction with speed reaching 45-50 kmph and gusting up to 60 kmph will prevail along and off the Odisha coast, fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea as the sea condition would be very rough with the tidal waves likely to rise to a height up to 3-4 metres.

Considering the relatively low wind speed, local cautionary signal has been lowered at all ports in the state, the release added.

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