Odisha Sun Times Weather Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 30:
The people of northern Odisha, already under the grip of a flood due to heavy rains on Monday and Tuesday, breathed just a little easier after cyclonic storm ‘Komen’ hit the Chittagong coast this evening.
With Komen entering mainland Bangladesh and weather models predicting a fast dissipation, the chances of a heavy downpour in the northern coast have receded considerably. But the Met department said it is not yet time to let the guard down.
“Komen’s track has almost been like a circle and is showing signs of weakening. But since its forecast path shows a west-north-west movement, we are keeping a watch,” Director of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Odisha SC Sahu said.
“Isolated places in Odisha will also witness heavy to very heavy rainfall at most places today and heavy to very heavy rains at a few places with isolated extremely heavy rains on July 31 and August 1,” warned Mritunjay Mohapatra, head of the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD in New Delhi..
The US-based Joint Typhoon Warning Centre also said, the system will dissipate fast but “the system will be closely monitored for signs of regeneration or return into the Bay of Bengal.” In fact, the met forecasters have had to change the prediction frequently in last four days given the complexity of the system.
Danger Signal Number Five (D-V) has been kept hoisted at all ports in Odisha.
Fishermen have been e advised not to venture into sea as squally surface wind speed reaching 50 to 60 kmph with gusting to 70 kmph would prevail along and off Odisha Coast. Sea condition would be very rough to high, the weatherman said.