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Cyclone Fear!

Even as the monsoon has withdrawn from across Odisha, the state is likely to experience another spell of rain from November 7 due to a low pressure area in the sea.


The rain will come Odisha due to a Low Pressure Area (LOPAR) which is likely to develop over the north Andaman sea on November 4 (Monday).
A low pressure area over north Andaman has sparked a fear of cyclone in the state because of the past experiences. 
Earlier, the LOPA in this particular area of Andaman  had caused major cyclones in Odisha.
The 1999 super cyclone had its origin from this place where a LOPA is likely to be formed. Therefore, people fear that this time also the LOPA may take shape of a cyclone.
This apart, October-November is also considered as the cyclone season in Bay of Bengal.
However, IMD in its mid-day weather information message said a LOPAR over north Andaman sea and adjoining south-east Bay of Bengal may be formed by November 4.
“It is very likely to move west-northwestwards, concentrate into a depression over East Central Bay of Bengal during subsequent 2-3 days and intensify further with northwestwardmovement subsequently,” the IMD said.
For formation of a cyclone several factors are responsible. One major factor is temperature in the sea. The IMD was yet to make it clear whether the condition if condition is favourable for a cyclone or not.
It is generally believed that the sea water temperature during the October-November supports formation of cyclone.
HR Biswas, the Director of Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre, said: “We are closely monitoring the development. Current conditions like sea surface temperature, good source of latent heat, humidity factor, low vertical wind shear, and others are favourable for formation of cyclones over Bay of Bengal.”


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