The India Meteorological Department on Wednesday issued a cyclone alert in the state following a low pressure-turned-deep depression over the Bay of Bengal. The system centred about 780 km from Gopalpur is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours. Most places across Odisha will witness moderate to heavy rain accompanied by thundershowers from Thursday.
"The system is moving towards north-northeastwards along and off the coast and is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours. Thereafter, it is likely to move northeastwards along Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts. Initially widespread rain will occur in southern and coastal areas and will spread across the state by Friday. Some places may have heavy rainfall," said director of IMD's regional centre S C Sahu.
IMD has predicted gusty wind at a speed of 55 kmph will blow along the coast and cautioned fishermen not to venture into the sea. Besides, distant cautionary signal number one (DC-1) has been hoisted at Paradip and Gopalpur port.
"There are four steps of cyclone warning - pre-cyclone watch, cyclone alert, cyclone warning and post-landfall outlook. After observing the intensity of the system, a cyclone alert has been issued for Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast," Sahu added.
The rain will provide the much-needed relief from unrelenting heatwave conditions to the state. Besides, it will also help improve the water crisis and severe drought situation faced by the state this year.