Bhubaneswar, 29 May: A cyclonic storm ‘Mora’, which lay centred over the Bay of Bengal about 610 km near the south east of Paradip on Monday, is likely to trigger rain in Odisha in the next 24 hours
Coastal districts of Odisha are likely to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall in next 24 hours under the influence of cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ currently 590 km away from the Paradip coast, as per the Regional Meteorological Centre here today.
Rains will lash Bhadrak, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts as the cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ is moving in northeast direction towards Bangladesh at 13 km per hour, informed the Met Centre’s director Sarat Chandra Sahu adding that pre-monsoon showers will continue in the State till May 30.
The storm ‘Mora’ moved from the east central Bay of Bengal to the north-northeastward and lay centred about 610 km near the south east of Paradip this morning, the MeT office said.
The system is likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours and move north-northeastward to cross Bangladesh coast around tomorrow forenoon, it said.
Under its impact, rain and thundershower may lash many districts of coastal Odisha and some areas in the interior region in the next 24 hours.
The MeT office forecast heavy rainfall at one or two places in the coastal area of the state.
Winds would gust at a speed of 100-130kmph when it turns into a severe cyclonic storm, IMD said.
Sources say the cyclone may also help pull in the monsoon faster towards the mainland. The monsoon is expected to arrive over Kerala anytime now.
Cyclone Vardah, which struck Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in December last year, has caused extensive damage to Chennai city. Nearly the 14,000 trees were uprooted by the cyclone.
An advice has been given for hoisting Distant Warning Signal Number Two (DW-II) at Paradip and Gopalpur ports in the state