Cyclone Jawad is likely to turn into a Severe Cyclonic Storm in sea and during its movement north-northeast wards it will reach near Puri coast on December 5. Subsequently, the Cyclonic storm will re-curve and move towards West Bengal, said India Meteorological Department (IMD) DG, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Friday.
According to Mohapatra, the coastal districts of Odisha will start experiencing rainfall activities from today and the intensity of rainfall will increase from December 4 onwards.
“After midnight today, we expect 45-55 kmph wind is likely to prevail along Odisha coast. We expect high wind speed of 80 to 90 kmph, gusting to 100 kmph along Odisha coast,” said Mohapatra.
“When the Cyclone reaches Odisha coast, touching Puri, it is likely to move in north-northeast direction towards West Bengal,” he said.
“After touching Puri, several other coastal areas like Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and others will be affected. Low lying areas in the State might get affected due to tidal wave surge. With Saturday also being a new moon day, tidal waves reaching 4 to 5 metres above astronomical tide are expected,” said Mohapatra.
If we compare with the previous cyclones, cyclone Jawad’s impact will be slightly higher than cyclone Gulab in terms of wind speed.