Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sept 15:
The weatherman has predicted heavy rainfall accompanied by gusty surface wind in several places of Odisha in the wake of well marked low pressure over west central Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas.
The Met department report issued today said Monday’s low pressure area over west central Bay of Bengal and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal today lay as a well marked low pressure area over the same area off south Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh Coast.
Rain or thundershower may occur at most places over the state, the weatherman’s report said.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur at one or two places over interior Odisha and heavy rainfall would occur at one or two places over coastal Odisha,” it said.
Gusty surface wind speed reaching from 40 to 45 kmph gusting to 50 kmph from easterly direction would prevail along and off Odisha coast, it said.
Though the report has no advice for hoisting storm warning signals in any port, the department cautioned fishermen not to venture into the sea during the period.
Reacting on the Met department’s forecast, Agriculture Minister Pradeep Kumar Maharathy said rains due to the low pressure is most welcome as cultivation in 103 of the state’s 314 blocks is severely hit due to scanty rainfall in July and August.