Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Low Pressure area formed over west-central Bay of Bengal intensified into a well-marked system over west-central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal and north Andhra Pradesh­ south Odisha coasts on Tuesday.

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The system, developed under the influence of a cyclonic circulation, is likely to move west­north-westwards during next 2-3 days. Under its effect, various parts of Odisha have been witnessing moderate to heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours

As per a bulletin issued by the Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar on Monday, the system will likely continue to trigger light to moderate rainfall across the State.

“Under the influence of west-northwestward movement of the low pressure area, light to moderate or thundershower very likely to occur at most places over the districts of interior Odisha and at many places over the districts of coastal Odisha,” the IMD release stated.

The Met Centre forecast said heavy rainfall is likely to occur at Nuapada, Nabarangpur, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh and Keonjhar in the next 24 hours. Yellow warning has been issued for as many as 14 districts of coastal and southern Odisha.

Squally weather with surface wind speeds reaching 40 to 50 kmph likely to blow over north adjoining West Central Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast.

IMD has advised fishermen not to venture into the sea of north adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal of Odisha coast during next 24 hours.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)