Bhubaneswar, Dec 11 Several parts of Odisha are likely to receive rain or thundershowers on Monday under the impact of very severe cyclonic storm Vardah, that has formed over the Bay of Bengal, the Met Office here said on Sunday.
It has asked the fishermen not to venture into the sea as the condition of sea would be rough.
The India Meteorological Department has hoisted Distant Warning Signal Number Two (DW-II) at Paradeep and Gopalpur ports.
The very severe cyclonic storm is centered over west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal, about 685 km south of Gopalpur, said a bulletin.
"The system is very likely to move nearly west-southwestwards and weaken gradually from today evening onwards while moving towards north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast," it said.
It is very likely to cross north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coast, close to Chennai, as a cyclonic storm by December 12 afternoon, it added.
"Strong and gusty surface wind from northeasterly direction with speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph and gusting to 65 kmph would prevail along and off south Odisha coast and from northeasterly direction with speed reaching 30 to 35 kmph gusting to 45 kmph along and off north Odisha coast in next 48 hours," said the bulletin.
It said the sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off south Odisha coast and moderate to rough along and off north Odisha coast.