Mrunal Manmay Dash

The southern part of Odisha is likely to receive heavy rainfall on October 16 and 17 as a fresh low pressure area has formed over the Bay of Bengal, forecast the Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar.

Informing about the development, the MeT centre tweeted, "Under the influence of yesterday's cyclonic circulation, a Low Pressure Area has formed over East central-Bay of Bengal & neighbourhood. It is likely to move west, north-westwards & reach south Odisha­-north Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 24 hours."

Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General of India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Delhi said, "A low pressure area has formed as a result of cyclonic formation over the BoB. It will move towards South Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh coast by October 15."

“Light to heavy rains are likely to occur in several parts of Odisha till October 17. Coastal Odisha is likely to get rains from Thursday and it will gradually expand to the interior Odisha," Mohapatra said.

Denying the possibility of a cyclone, Mohapatra said that this system will cross the Odisha and the Andhra coast as a low pressure area and there is not any indication of it snowballing into a cyclone.

"Fishermen should not venture into the sea during this time as the wind speed over the sea may get up to 40-50 kmph," warned Mohapatra.

This is not a cyclone and it will have no damaging impact on property. However, heavy rainfall might create inconvenience for the residents, he added.