Ramakanta Biswas

Light to moderate rainfall and thunderstorm hit some places of north Odisha and a few regions of south coastal districts under the influence western disturbance on Friday. 

Several places in Mayurbhanj district received rainfall today morning. Similipal National Park in the district has been closed today for visitors following heavy downpours. 

“Due to heavy rain and foggy condition, Day Tourism inside Similipal Tiger Reserve has been suspended Today 04th February. Visitors are requested to plan their travel accordingly. The inconvenience caused is deeply regretted,” the national park authorities tweeted. 

As per the Yellow Warning issued by the weather office on Thursday, thunderstorm with lightning is likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sanibalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Khordha, Puri in the next 24 hours till Saturday morning. 

Besides, hailstorm is likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Sundargarh, Deogarh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak and Balasore.

The weather office has predicted impact of the inclement weather on agriculture and advised farmers to take measures to shift their harvest accordingly.