New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heavy rainfall alert for Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and the adjoining regions in view of Cyclone Jawad which intensified into Cyclonic Storm today.
According to IMD, “The Deep Depression over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of 25 kmph during past 06 hours, intensified further into Cyclonic Storm ‘JAWAD’(Pronounces as JOWAD) and lay centered at 1130 hrs IST of today over westcentral of Bengal near Lat. 14.5°N and Long. 85.5°E, about 420 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), 530 km south-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha) and 650 km south-southwest of Paradip (Odisha).”
It is likely to move northwestwards and reach west-central Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh – south Odisha coasts by tomorrow morning.
Thereafter it is likely to recurve north-northeastwards and move along Odisha coast reaching near Puri around 5th December noon, the IMD said in a statement.
Thereafter it is likely to continue to move north-northeastwards towards West Bengal coast.
Under the influence of Cyclone, “Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall & extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely over south coastal Odisha and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over north coastal Andhra Pradesh, north coastal Odisha & adjoining interior districts and also over coastal districts of Gangetic West Bengal today.”
Light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places likely over Gangetic West Bengal & north Odisha and heavy rainfall at isolated places over Assam & Meghalaya and Tripura on December 5.
As per IMD, Assam & Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura are likely to witness light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places likely over on December 6.
The weather department has also predicted squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over westcentral and adjoining southeast & eastcentral Bay of Bengal during next 12 hours.
Fishermen are advised not to venture into westcentral and adjoining southeast & eastcentral Bay of Bengal on December 3, over west-central & northwest Bay of Bengal and along & off north Andhra Pradesh – Odisha- West Bengal coasts during December 3-5, the statement read.