The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday said Cyclone Jawad has further weakened to depression from deep depression. It is likely to reach Odisha coast near Puri around noon today. Some districts in Odisha and West Bengal are likely to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall.
Tracking its movement, the weather agency tweeted on Sunday morning, “The DD lay centered at 0530hrs IST of 05th Dec, over northwest & adjoining westcentral BoB near Lat18.2°N, Long85.4°E, about 130km SSE of Gopalpur."
Likely to move north-northeast wards, weaken further into a Depression and reach Odisha coast near Puri around noon of today, it also said.
“The impact of Cyclonic storm 'Jawad' is not as strong as it was expected, and it is weakening," National Disaster Response Force Director General Atul Karwal said on Saturday.
The cyclone would bring with it heavy to very heavy rainfall. Wind speeds ranging up to 90-100 kmph accompanied by tidal waves, are expected.