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Odisha Likely To Escape Cyclone

Bhubaneswar: Bay of Bengal, which is experiencing deep depression is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by 17 November, will have no major impact on Odisha as it will move towards the Bangladesh coast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.       

Uma Shankar Das, Senior Scientist of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, said though the system is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by Friday, it will have no major impact on Odisha other than some rain in the coastal region.

“The system has started to re-curve. There is every possibility of intense heavy rainfall in two Odisha districts, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur, on Thursday and a yellow warning has been issued. Neighbouring districts are also likely to experience rainfall,” Shri Das pointed out.

The Scientist also said that there will be no major changes in the maximum and minimum temperatures in the coming days in Odisha. The deep depression was moving north-northeastwards at a speed of 20 kmph, IMD said on Thursday.

The Deep Depression over West Central Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 15 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 1730 hours IST of today, the 16th November over Northwest and adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal near latitude 18.6°N and longitude 87.7°E, about 210 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 330 km south of Digha (West Bengal) and 450 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh).

“The system is likely to continue to move north-northeastwards, intensify further into a cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours and cross the Bangladesh coast between Mongla and Khepupara in the early hours of Saturday,” the IMD said.

Taking cues from various numerical models, it is indicating north-northeastwards movement towards Bangladesh coast, said sources.

Under its influence, many parts of Odisha, particularly the coastal region, will experience wind blowing between 40 kmph and 70 kmph, the IMD official said.

In the meantime, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has put all the District Collectors on alert even as the IMD made it clear that the possible cyclone will have no such major impact on the state.

However as the sea will remain turbulent, fishermen were advised against venturing into deep seas till 18 November.