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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: With the Regional Meteorological Centre on Monday predicting heavy rainfall in several parts of Odisha from October 23, it seems the pre-diwali rain may douse the fest spirits to some extent.

Director of Regional Meteorological Centre, HR Biswas informed that a cyclonic circulation lies over southwest Bay of Bengal off Tamil Nadu Coast.

And as a consequence, a Low Pressure Area (LOPAR) is likely to form over southwest & adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal off north Tamilnadu-south Andhra Pradesh coast during next 48 hours (means by October 23).

Under its influence, Odisha will witness heavy rainfall at many places on October 24 and 25. Isolated places in Odisha, especially southern, will experience heavy rainfall on October 23, says the latest IMD release.

As per local Met Director HR Biswas, several places of Odisha, mostly in south and north Odisha districts, will experience heavy rainfall for a span of three days from October 23.

"Heavy rainfall is likely to occur at several places of Gajapati, Rayagada, Ganjam, Puri, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Nuapada and Bolangir on October 23," he observed and added that thunderstorm and lightning activities will continue in isolated parts of the State till October 27 (Diwali Day).

Significantly, the cyclonic circulation present over east central Arabian Sea has developed into a LOPAR, and it will develop into a depression by tomorrow. The models of country's premier ocean institute INCOIS (Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, however, suggest the depression to develop into a cyclonic system and will head towards Oman.

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