Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Centre has warned of thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and intense rainfall at one or two places over 25 districts of Odisha. People in all these districts have been asked to remain alert till 6 PM today.

As per the latest forecast, the alert has been issued for Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Bolangir, Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Malkangiri, Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, Angul, Dhenkanal, Balasore, Keonjhar, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Deogarh, Kalahandi and Sonepur districts.

Official sources informed that rainfall is likely to occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and there will be extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places on September 7. The next day, rainfall will occur at many places with heavy falls at isolated places, sources said.

This apart, the state of sea will be rough to very rough over north Bay of Bengal and along and off the Odisha-West Bengal coasts during the next 24 hours. The fishermen have also been advised not to venture into the sea.

Also, squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph is very likely along and off West Bengal-Odishai coasts during the next 24 hours, added sources.

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The Met department further informed that a depression formed over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining West Bengal & north Odisha coasts this morning, moved slightly westwards with a speed of about 3 kmph and has intensified into a deep depression over the same region, about 20 km east-southeast of Digha (West Bengal).

After moving northwestwards and crossing West Bengal coast, it is likely to move west-northwestwards and weaken gradually into a well marked low pressure area during the next 24 hours, stated the officials.