Monsoon Withdraws Completely From Odisha; Cyclone To Trigger Rain: IMD


Bhubaneswar: The southwest monsoon has completely retreated from Odisha even as the State is likely to experience rain on October 24, 25 under the influence of Cyclone over Bay of Bengal.

The IMD said that the conditions are very likely to become favourable for further withdrawal of southwest monsoon from the entire country over the next 48 hours.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar has issued a heavy rainfall warning for several districts of the state.

The IMD Thursday said that the possible cyclone in the Bay of Bengal is likely to reach West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts by October 25, skirting Odisha.

The IMD in a statement said that a low pressure area has formed in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday and is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm on October 24.

The low pressure area is very likely to move west-northwestwards and develop into a depression over east-central and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal around October 22. It is likely to intensify into a deep depression by October 23.

“Subsequently, it is likely to re-curve northwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal by October 24. Thereafter, it is likely to gradually move north-northeastwards and reach near the West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts by October 25, skirting Odisha,” IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said.

The system will pass through Odisha coast at a distance and there was no possibility of making landfall in the state. Odisha will, however, experience heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places from October 23, he said.

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