23 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted extremely heavy rainfall is to lash parts of Odisha for the next three days. According to the IMD, heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Koraput, Gajapati, Ganjam and Puri on Wednesday (October 23).
IMD has issued an Orange Warning for these districts. Besides a Yellow Warning has also been issued for the above date which states that heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Sundargarh, Kendrapara and Bhadrak.
Orange Warning has also been issued for the districts of Sundargarh, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Keonjhar for October 24, as per which heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur in these districts. Similarly, the IMD has issued Yellow Warning of heavy rainfall likely to occur on the said date at isolated places over the districts of Sonepur, Bolangir, Nabrangpur, Koraput, Kalahandi, Angul, Kandhamal, Boudh and Mayurbhanj.
Further on October 25, Yellow Warning has been issued for the districts of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Balasore and Bhadrak. Heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places over these districts.
According to the IMD, "Yesterday’s morning Low Pressure Area over west central Bay of Bengal and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal intensified into a Well Marked Low Pressure Area at evening over the same region. It now lies over west central Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh coast. The associated cyclonic circulation extends up to mid-tropospheric level tilting southwestwards with height. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards towards north Andhra Pradesh coast."
Under influence of the above system, Squally weather with gusty surface wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph likely over south coastal Odisha. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea during next 24 hours.