Cyclone Jawad weakening; Red warning issued for these Odisha districts

Bhubaneswar: Even as the cyclonic storm Jawad over westcentral Bay of Bengal is weakening, India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued heavy to very heavy rainfall warning for several districts of Odisha for today and tomorrow.

As per IMD’s latest bulletin, Cyclone Jawad over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved slightly northwards with a speed of 4 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centered at 5.30 am today, about 230 km southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), 340 km south of Gopalpur (Odisha), 410 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha) and 490 km south-southwest of Paradip (Odisha).

It is likely to weaken by tonight and change its course northnortheastwards along Odisha coast reaching near Puri by tomorrow 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. IMD DG Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra informed.

Forecast track and intensity are given in the following table:

Under influence of the cyclonic storm, many districts of Odisha are likely to experience intense rainfall till December 6, 2021.

Bhubaneswar Regional Meteorological Centre issued red warning, orange warning and yellow warning for several districts.

Rainfall warning: 

December 4-5: Red warning: Heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely to occur at isolated places with extremely heavy falls at one or places (more than 20 cm) over the districts of Ganjam, Puri and Jagatsinghpur.

Orange warning: Heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely to at one or two places over the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Cuttack, Khordha, Nayagarh, Gajapati and Jajpur.

Yellow warning: Heavy rainfall very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Kandhamal, Rayagada, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj.

December 5-6: Orange warning: Heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Cuttack and Puri.

Yellow warning: Heavy rainfall very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Khordha and Ganjam.

Wind warning:

Gale wind, speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph, prevails over westcentral Bay of Bengal. It would gradually decrease becoming 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph over northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal by mid-night of today, the 4th December. It would decrease further becoming 50-60 gusting to 70 kmph from the morning of 5th December over northwest Bay of Bengal.

Squally winds, speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely to prevail along & off North Andhra Pradesh–Odisha coasts during next 12 hours. It will gradually increase becoming 55-65 gusting to 75 kmph till morning of 5th and squally winds 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from 5th morning till afternoon. It would decrease thereafter gradually.

Sea condition:

High Sea conditions likely to prevail over westcentral & adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal during next 12 hours. It is likely to be Very Rough over northwest & adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal from midnight of December 4 till evening of December 5 and improve thereafter.

Rough to Very Rough Sea conditions will prevail along & off North Andhra Pradesh – Odisha & West Bengal coasts till December 5 evening.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into westcentral & northwest Bay of Bengal and along & off north Andhra Pradesh-Odisha-West Bengal coasts till December 5, 2021.

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