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Cyclone Jawad: Storm To Form In 12 Hours; Orange Alert In Andhra, Odisha

Cyclone Jawad: Orange Alert in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha

The cyclonic depression over southeast Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression on Friday, and is likely to form a cyclonic storm (Cyclone Jawad) in the next 12 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The cyclone Jawad is likely to cross the coasts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha on Saturday (December 4) morning.

In its latest bulletin, the IMD said the weather system was moving at a speed of 32 kmph and lay 580 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, 670 km south-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha, and 760 km south-southeast of Paradip at 5.30 am on Friday.

The storm, once developed, will be called Jawad (pronounced Jowad), as named by Saudi Arabia.

After Yaas in May and Gulab in September, this will be the third cyclone headed towards the east coast this year.

On Friday, the weather department has predicted light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over south coastal Odisha, and heavy rainfall at isolated places over north coastal Andhra Pradesh.

An orange alert has been issued in the two states today.

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