Heavy Spells Of Rain To Lash 5 Odisha Dists In 3 Hours; Yellow Alert For Coastal Belt

Bhubaneswar: With a cyclonic circulation lying over central parts of interior Odisha and adjoining Chhattisgarh, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday issued orange and yellow warnings for several districts of Odisha till 12.30 pm.

Moderate thunderstorm with lightning and intense/heavy spells of rain may occur at some places in Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput and Malkangiri districts in 3 hours. The MeT office has warned of lightning strikes and waterlogging in low-lying areas.

The weather agency has also issued yellow warning of light to moderate rain/thundershower for some parts of Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak, and Balasore. People have been advised to keep a watch on the weather and accordingly move to safer places to protect themselves from lightning strikes.

According to the morning bulletin, light/moderate fairly widespread to widespread rainfall/thunderstorm and lightning with isolated heavy rainfall activity is likely in Odisha during the day (September 8).  The IMD has forecast heavy rainfall at one or two places in Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Cuttack and Dhenkanal districts.

There is no heavy rain warning for Odisha thereafter as the cyclonic circulation is expected to move west-northwestwards and lie over central parts of Madhya Pradesh during September 8-10.

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