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Possible cyclone panic grips Odisha, IMD predicts rain from Dec 3

Bhubaneswar: In view of the forecast of a low-pressure area forming over the South Andaman Sea on November 30 and intensifying into a cyclonic storm by December first week, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena has advised the district Collectors to stay alert.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), light to moderate rain or thundershower likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of south coastal Odisha, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Kandhamal, Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada from 8.30 AM of December 2 to up to 8.30 AM of December 3.

A warning also has been issued for the fishermen. They have been asked not to venture into the sea for fishing as squally weather with surface wind speed reaching 50.60 kmph gusting upto 70 kmph likely over west central Bay of Bengal from December 2.

It is to be noted that the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a low pressure area is likely to form over South Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Under the impact of the system, Odisha will witness rainfall from December 3 onwards. On December 4, moderate to very heavy rains are predicted in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

The entire State is predicted to record moderate to very heavy rainfall under the impact of the system on December 5. A forecast of heavy rainfall is predicted for the districts of Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Dhenkanal on December 6.

The ECMWF data agreed with the GFS model on the morning of November 26 and showed the system close to the Odisha and Andhra coasts December 5.

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