Low pressure over Bay of Bengal intensifies, heavy rainfall expected in Odisha in December

THE well marked low pressure over Bay of Bengal intensified into a depression on Wednesday as a result of which there is likelihood of heavy rainfall coupled with squally winds in Odisha from December

Published: 07th December 2017 02:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th December 2017 11:22 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: THE well marked low pressure over Bay of Bengal intensified into a depression on Wednesday as a result of which there is likelihood of heavy rainfall coupled with squally winds in Odisha from December 8. The low pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal concentrated into a depression and lay centred about 1100 km south-southeast of Gopalpur, the Met office here said.

The system is likely to move northwestwards and reach north Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha coasts around December 8 evening. It is likely to intensify further into a deep depression in the next 36 hours. However, there is a probability of slight weakening of the system when it reaches near Andhra Pradesh coast.

Under its impact, heavy rainfall is likely in coastal Odisha and several Southern districts of the State including Koraput and Malkangiri while weather is expected to be by and large dry till tomorrow. The intensity of rainfall is expected to decline from December 11 when several areas in Western Odisha and interior region would experience light to moderate rains.

Squally winds with a speed of 40 to 50 kmph and gusting up to 60 kmph is likely to prevail along and off Odisha coasts from Thursday evening to December 9 and decrease thereafter. Sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off Odisha coast during the period, the Met office said.In view of the weather condition, fishermen along and off Odisha coasts are advised not to venture into the sea from tomorrow till  December 10, it said.

Meanwhile, the State Government has directed district authorities to take steps to save crops from rains. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took stock of the situation on Tuesday in view of the warning issued by the Met office and directed district collectors to remain alert and take steps to save the harvested and standing paddy crops during the rains.

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