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The impact of Cyclone Jawad could be felt in Odisha on Saturday morning as rains began to lash parts of the state, including the capital Bhubaneswar. As a result of the cyclone, schools in 19 districts of the state were closed on Saturday.

The Indian Meteorological Department said the wind speed will remain 70-80 kmph, gusting to 90 kmph, and heavy rains can be expected in several districts of the state till Sunday. Additionally, the IMD said it will not upgrade Jawad to a ‘severe cyclonic storm’; it will remain a ‘cyclonic storm’.

EXPECTED PATH OF CYCLONE JAWAD

As per the latest data and weather models, the cyclonic storm Jawad will move at a kissing distance (around 35 km away) from the coast of Puri in Odisha on Sunday afternoon, following which it will head towards South 24 Parganas in West Bengal. Cyclone Jawad will weaken into a deep depression near the Puri coast.

Cyclone Jawad, currently over the Bay of Bengal, may cross Odisha coast near Konark in Puri district, indicated the director of the regional meteorological department Habibur Rahman Biswas.

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EXPECTED IMPACT IN ODISHA

As many as 19 districts in the state may experience heavy rainfall, flooding, landslides and damage to houses and property due to Cyclone Jawad, the IMD said.

The districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Cuttack, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Malkangiri, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Koraput, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Angul, and Dhenkanal are likely to bear the brunt of the cyclone.

Expected impact in the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Cuttack:

i) Damage to thatched houses/ huts and vulnerable structures.
ii) Breaking of tree branches, uprooting of trees.
iii) Minor damage to power and communication lines.
iv) Localised flooding of roads, inundation and water logging in low lying areas and closure of underpasses mainly in urban areas.
v) Occasional reduction in visibility due to heavy rainfall.
vi) Disruption of traffic in major cities due to water logging of roads.
viii) Localised landslides/mudslides in hilly areas
ix) Damage to horticulture and standing crops in some areas due to inundation. Damage to banana, papaya and moringa (drumstick) trees.
x) Riverine flooding in some river catchments

Expected impact in the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Malkangiri, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Koraput, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Angul, and Dhenkanal:

i) Breaking of tree branches
ii) Localised flooding of roads, inundation and water logging in low lying areas and closure of underpasses mainly in urban areas
iii) Occasional reduction in visibility due to heavy rainfall
iv) Disruption of traffic in major cities due to water logging in roads

v) Minor damage to vulnerable structures and wall collapses
vi) Localised landslides/mudslides in hilly areas
vii) Damage to horticulture and standing crops in some areas due to inundation. Damage to banana, papaya and moringa (drumstick) trees.

WEATHER FORECAST

Under the influence of the cyclone, heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at a few places with isolated extremely heavy rainfall (more than 20 cm) over the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, and Jagatsinghpur on Saturday.

Similarly, heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at one or two places in the districts of Kendrapara, Cuttack, Khordha, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, and Rayagada. Heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Koraput and Malkangiri.

On Sunday, heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Cuttack, and Puri and heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Khordha, Ganjam and Gajapati.

Besides, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in some parts of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar cities.

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