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Thundershowers to hit Odisha by Thursday afternoon


Bhubaneswar: Odisha is likely to experience thundershowers due to a deep depression over Bay of Bengal by Thursday afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.

IMD said the depression centered in Bay of Bengal, about 780 km south-southwest of Gopalpur, may intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours.

“The system is likely to move north-northeastwards along and off Andhra Pradesh coast and further intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. Thereafter, it is likely to move northeastwards along and off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts during the subsequent 48 hours,” said a Bhubaneswar Met department bulletin.

Thundershower would occur at a few places over south Odisha and at one or two places over north Odisha during the next 24 hours under its impact.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea. Storm warning of Distant Cautionary Signal No.1 (DC-I) was hoisted at Paradip and Gopalpur ports in Odisha.

“Gusty surface wind speed from southerly direction in south Odisha coast and southwesterly direction in north Odisha coast reaching 45 to 50 kmph gusting to 55 kmph would prevail along and off Odisha coast,” said the bulletin.