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Tropical Cyclone “Jawad” forms in the Bay of Bengal

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Tropical Cyclone "Jawad" formed in the Bay of Bengal on December 3, 2021, and is expected to travel close to the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, India on December 4.

Thereafter it is likely to recurve NNE and move along the Odisha coast reaching the district of Puri, Odisha around 12:00 LT on December 5. Subsequently, it is likely to continue to move NNE along coastal Odisha toward the coast of West Bengal.1

At 11:00 UTC on December 3, the center of Cyclonic Storm "Jawad" was located approximately 360 km (225 miles) SSE of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, 470 km (290 miles) SSE of Gopalpur, Odisha, and about 530 km (330 miles) SSE of Puri, Odisha.

Its maximum 3-minute sustained winds were estimated at 65 km/h (40 mph), gusting up to 75 km/h (45 mph), while maximum 1-minute sustained winds were at 65 km/h (40 mph).

The central barometric pressure was estimated at 1 000 hPa.

The system was moving NNW at 22 km/h (14 mph).

The maximum impact will be when the cyclone intensifies into Severe Cyclone, bringing with it very heavy rainfall and gusty winds with speed picking up to 110 km/h (68 mph) between the mornings of Saturday and Sunday, said IMD's Director-General, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.

Storm surge of about 0.5 – 1 m (1.6 – 3.3 feet) above astronomical tide is likely to inundate low-lying areas of coastal districts of Odisha around noon LT of December 5.

Tropical Cyclone "Jawad" at 09:00 UTC on December 3, 2021. Credit: EUMETSAT/Meteosat-11, RAMMB/CIRA, TW

With December 4 being a new Moon day, higher astronomical tides of about 2 – 4 m (6.5 – 13 feet) height are likely along the coast of Odisha and West Bengal.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into the west-central and adjoining southeast and the east-central Bay of Bengal on December 3, over the west-central and northwest Bay of Bengal and along and off north Andhra Pradesh – Odisha- West Bengal coasts through December 5.

References:

1 JAWAD – BULLETIN NUMBER: 06 (BOB/07/2021) – IMD

Featured image credit: Tropical Cyclone "Jawad" at 09:00 UTC on December 3, 2021. Credit: EUMETSAT/Meteosat-8, RAMMB/CIRA, TW

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