Bhubaneswar: In a major relief for the people of Odisha, the Cyclonic Storm ‘JAWAD’ has weakened into a Deep Depression before reaching the State’s coast.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its latest bulletin has informed that Cyclonic Storm Jawad over westcentral Bay of Bengal has moved nearly northwards with a speed of 9 kmph during past 06 hours, and has weakened into a Deep Depression and lay centred at 5.30 PM today over westcentral Bay of Bengal near Lat. 16.9°N and Long. 84.8°E, about 180 km east-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), 260 km south of Gopalpur (Odisha), 330 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha) and 420 km south-southwest of Paradip (Odisha).
It is likely to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a Depression by tomorrow morning, the IMD bulletin added.
“It is likely to reach near Puri around tomorrow noon. Subsequently, it is likely to continue to move north-northeastwards along Odisha coast towards West Bengal coast and weaken into a well marked low pressure area during subsequent 24 hours,” the IMD said.