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Depression crosses coast, heavy rains forecast

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OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, 30 July :

The low pressure formed over North Bay of Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh and coastal areas of Gangetic West Bengal concentrated into a Depression and crossed the Odisha-West Bengal coast between Chandbali and Digha at 12.30 hrs and lay centred north of Balasore at 17.30 hrs, a Met department bulletin warned. It will move west-northwestwards and weaken gradually, the bulletin said.

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Under its influence, heavy to very heavy rains are likely to occur at most places along the Odisha coast with extremely heavy rains (above 25 cms) at one or two places in the next 48 hours. Strong wind reaching a speed of 45 to 55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph, may prevail along and off the Odisha Coast in the next 48 hours.

While all ports in the state have been asked to hoist cautionary flag number three, fishermen have been advised against venturing into the sea.