Heavy downpour forecast for Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Heavy rainfall is likely to pound many parts of Odisha in the next 24 hours even as a well marked low pressure over Northwest Bay of Bengal intensified into a depression today, IMD sources said.

The well marked low pressure area intensified into a depression this afternoon and is centered about 170 Km east- northeast of Balasore, an IMD bulletin said.

Under its impact, gusty surface wind with speed reaching 45 to 50 kmph and gusting up to 60 kmph may prevail along and off Odisha coast, it said.

Rain or thunder shower is very likely to occur at most places over north Odisha and at many places over southern region of the state during the next 24 hours under its impact.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at one or two places over Odisha with extremely heavy rainfall at one or two places over north districts during the next 24 hours, the met office said.

Though there was no advice for hoisting storm warning signals, it cautioned fishermen against venturing into the sea as its condition in Odisha coast would be rough to very rough.