Bhubaneswar: The cyclonic storm 'Mahasen' is likely to intensify further and cross Bangladesh coast near Chittagong on Thursday night, with the local Met department forecasting rain or thundershower at many places in Odisha.

The cyclonic storm over west central Bay of Bengal moved north-north eastwards on Wednesday and lay centered near latitude 16.50 N and longitude 87.00 E about 430 km south-southeast of Paradip.  It would intensify further and move northeastwards and cross Bangladesh Coast between Khepupara and Teknaff close to Chittagong during Thursday night, the meteorological centre said.

Under its impact, rain or thundershower would occur at many places in Odisha during the next 24 hours, it said.

Sea condition would be rough to very rough and fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea, while Distant Warning Signal Number-Two (DW-II) are replaced by Local Cautionary Signal Number Three (LC-III) at all ports in Odisha.

Meanwhile, Odisha government has asked the administration in ten coastal and nearby districts to remain alert and vigilant to meet any eventuality.

(Agencies)

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