Heavy rains to hit Odisha today evening, Indian Meteorological Department warns

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WION Web Team Odisha, India Dec 07, 2017, 01.26 PM (IST)

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains to hit Odisha starting today evening. A depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify further into a deep depression in the next 24 hours and triggering heavy rains in various parts of the state.

As many as 11 districts in Odisha are likely to get affected by the torrential downpour. While the rains will continue till December 11, the associated weather impacts will persist till December 13, noted a release issued by the Regional Met Department. 

"Depression is likely to reach South Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh coast by around December 9. Rainfall may start tonight and will continue till December 10. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea from December 7 to December 10", said Sarat Chandra Sahu, an IMD official.

According to a Skymet weather report, "the depression persisting over the southeast Bay of Bengal has moved northwards in the past six hours. Presently the speed of squally winds is 50 to 55 kmph. The cloud formation is showing signs of intensification and hence this system is likely to concentrate into a deep depression in the next 12 hours". "It will move northwards inching close to the coast. Wind shear and sea surface temperatures will continue to favour its growth. In wake of this weather system, light rainfall is likely to commence over North Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal from the night of December 7," it further noted. 

Moderate rains may also to hit the Gangetic West Bengal and states like Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura by December 9 or 10. Heavy to very heavy rains may not occur. "Tamil Nadu will be spared by the weather system," noted Skymet.