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Vikash Sharma

The depression over northwest and adjoining Northeast Bay of Bengal moved west-north-westwards and lay centered over northwest and adjoining northeast Bay of Bengal, about 250 km east-southeast of Balasore (Odisha), said India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday.

As per the IMD bulletin, the system is likely to move west-northwestwards and intensify into a deep depression during next six hours.

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As per the IMD forecast, the system will continue to move in the same direction and is likely to cross West Bengal and Odisha coasts between Balasore and Sagar Islands around this evening. “After landfall, it would continue to move west-northwestwards across north Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand towards north Chhattisgarh and weaken gradually.

Wind Speed:
Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely over North Bay of Bengal and along & off West Bengal, Odisha & Bangladesh coasts during next 03 hours. It is likely to increase to 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph from noon till midnight of today over North Bay of Bengal and along & off north Odisha (Balasore,Bhadrak and adjoining Mayurbhanj Districts) and West Bengal (North & South 24 Parganas, East & West Medinipur Districts) coasts.

Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 gusting to 65 kmph during the same period along and off remaining districts of coastal Odisha and West Bengal. It would improve gradually becoming squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 65 kmph over Northwest Bay of Bengal along & off West Bengal and Odisha coasts from 20th forenoon for subsequent 24 hours.

Rainfall:

August 19: Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over North Odisha. Rainfall will happen at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over South Odisha & Gangetic West Bengal; isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over Jharkhand & Chhattisgarh and heavy rainfall at isolated places over East Madhya Pradesh.

August 20: Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over North Chhattisgarh & East Madhya Pradesh. Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over Northwest Odisha, Jharkhand & Vidarbha. Rainfall at most places with heavy rainfall at isolated places over remaining parts of Odisha, south Chhattisgarh and West Madhya Pradesh.

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