Bhubaneswar: The local Met office has predicted heavy rainfall in most parts of North Odisha in the next 24 hours under the influence of a deep depression.
A Met release this afternoon said the depression formed over coastal areas of West Bengal and neighbourhood yesterday has moved north-eastwards and intensified into a deep depression and lay centred at 8:30 AM today over south Bangladesh and neighbourhood with its centre close to latitude 23 degree north longitude 89.4 degree about 300 km off the northeast of Balasore. The system is likely to move slowly towards north-northeast during next 24 hours and gradually weaken after moving towards the northwest."
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 Odisha with extremely heavy rainfall at one or two places over the northern districts during the period.
With gusty surface wind from westerly direction with speed reaching 50-60 kmph and gusting up to 70 kmph likely to prevail along and off Odisha coast, local cautionary signal number-3 (LC-III) has been hoisted at all ports in the state.
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 meters, the release added.