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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: A low pressure area likely to be formed in the next 24 hours over the north Andaman sea and the adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal is expected to bring heavy to very heavy rainfall in many Odisha districts, informed Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre on Thursday.

As per the Bhubaneswar Met Centre Director, HR Biswas, the low pressure is likely to turn into a depression in the next 24 hours and is very likely to move west and north-westward. It is expected to cross North Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south Odisha coast on the afternoon of October 11.

“A cyclonic circulation exists over coastal Andhra Pradesh. Though it will not cause any major rainfall activity in the next three days, the rainfall is likely to increase from October 11,” Biswas said.

Most of the South-Coastal Odisha districts are likely receive rainfall on October 11 including Gajapati, Ganjam, Koraput, Rayagada which have been warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall.

Malkangiri, Kandhamal, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Khordha, Nabarangpur are likely to get heavy rainfall.

Similarly on October 12, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada and Gajapati districts are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall, while Ganjam, Puri, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur districts are likely to get heavy rainfall on the same day.

Biswas warned of squally weather conditions in coastal Odisha on October 11 and October 12. “The wind speed during this time could reach 45-55 kmph gusting up to 65 kmph,” said Biswas.

The fishermen have been warned to not venture into the sea from October 11-13. Those who are in the deep sea have been advised to return before October 10 evening.

As far as the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar are concerned, the sky could remain mostly cloudy with a few spells of light rain coupled with thunderstorms in the next 24 hours.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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