Cyclone Jawad: Here’s expected impact in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Jawad over the Bay of Bengal, which is approaching towards Odisha coast, may trigger heavy to very heavy rainfall than strong winds in several districts, informed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena today.

The Cyclonic Storm Jawad over westcentral Bay of Bengal continued to move nearly northwards with a speed of 4 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centered at 11.30 am today, about 210 km east-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), 320 km south of Gopalpur (Odisha), 390 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha) and 470 km south-southwest of Paradip (Odisha).

It is likely to move nearly northwards during next 6 hours and then move northnortheastwards along Odisha coast, weaken gradually and reach near Puri around December 5 noon as a Deep Depression. Subsequently, it is likely to weaken further and continue to move north-northeastwards along Odisha coast towards West Bengal coast.

As per prediction by India Meteorological Department (IMD), squally wind speed reahing 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely to prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coasts during next 12 hours. It will gradually increase becoming 55-65 gusting to 75 kmph till morning of December 5 and squally winds 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from December 5 morning till afternoon. It will decrease thereafter gradually.

However, the cyclonic storm is likely to trigger intense rainfall over many districts today and tomorrow.

Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre issued red warning for Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts where heavy to very heavy rainfall very is likely to occur at one or two places with extremely heavy rainfalls at one or places (more than 20 cm) between today and tomorrow morning.

The orange warning (very heavy rainfall) has been issued for one or two places over the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak Kendrapada, Cuttack, Khordha, Ganjam, Gajapati and Jajpur during the period.

Similarly, Heavy rainfall (yellow warning) very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj during December 4 and 5.

Moreover, heavy to very heavy rainfall (orange warning) very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur between December 5 and 6.

Yellow warning has been issued (Heavy rainfall) for one or two places over the districts of Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Khordha, Puri, Cuttack, Jajpur, Dhenkanal and Ganjam.

Here’s district-wise expected impact caused by Cyclone Jawad

In Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada and Cuttack:

  • Some damages to thatched houses/ huts and vulnerable structures.
  • Breaking of tree branches, uprooting of small trees.
  • Localized Flooding of roads, inundation and water logging in low lying areas and closure of underpasses mainly in urban areas of the affected region.
  • Occasional reduction in visibility due to heavy rainfall.
  • Disruption of traffic in major cities due to water logging in roads leading to increased travel time.
  • Localized Landslides/Mudslides in hilly areas.
  • Damage to horticulture and standing crops in some areas due to inundation.

In Balasore, Bhadrak Jajpur, Nayagarh, Kandhamal and Mayurbhanj:

  • Breaking of tree branches
  • Localized Flooding of roads, inundation and water logging in low lying areas and closure of underpasses mainly in urban areas of the affected region.
  • Occasional reduction in visibility due to heavy rainfall.
  • Disruption of traffic in major cities due to water logging in roads leading to increased travel time.
  • Damage to horticulture and standing crops in some areas due to inundation.
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