A depression over the Bay of Bengal is likely to trigger heavy rainfall along with strong surface wind in some parts of Odisha. The well marked low pressure area on Thursday concentrated into a depression over central and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal and then moved northwestwards, the Meteorological centre in Bhubaneshwar said.
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The system is likely to move initially northwestwards during next 24 hours and then re-curve northeastwards towards Bangladesh coast during the subsequent 48 hours. It is very likely to intensify into a deep depression during the next 24 hours and subsequently into a cyclonic storm, it said.
Surface wind with speed of 45-55 kmph and gusting up to 65 kmph would prevail along and off the Odisha Coast. The sea condition would also be rough to very rough, it said. Rain or thundershower is likely to occur in most places over coastal Odisha and at a few places in the interior region. Heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at one or two places over coastal Odisha districts, the MeT office said.
In view of the weather condition, Distant Cautionary Signal Number One (DC-I) has been hoisted in all ports of Odisha. Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea. Those out at sea have been asked advised to return to the coasts.
Following the IMD bulletin, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) in a message asked the district collectors to keep a close watch on the situation and take necessary measures to deal with it. Farmers were advised to keep their harvested paddy under cover in a safe place so as to avoid any damage, a senior official said.
Necessary measures may also be taken to protect paddy in the mandis, if any.