Several parts of Jharkhand experienced unseasonal rains on Saturday due to the impact of cyclone Jawad, originating from the Bay of Bengal.
The storm, Jawad moved northwards at a speed of 6 kmph and lay centred over West-central Bay of Bengal near Latitude 16.4°N and Longitude 84.8°E, about 210 km southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), 320 km south of Gopalpur (Odisha), 390 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha) and 470 km south-southwest of Paradip (Odisha).
Head of Ranchi Met Centre Abhishek Anand said the cyclone was likely to weaken gradually and move northwards during the next 12 hours and then northeastwards along the Odisha coast reaching close to Puri around Sunday, December 5, noon. " Subsequently, it is likely to weaken further and continue to move northeastwards along Odisha and West Bengal coasts, " he said.
Overcast conditions prevailed in most districts of southern, north-eastern and central Jharkhand on Saturday with intermittent unseasonal showers. Apart from showers, the local IMD observatories in Jamshedpur and Ranchi recorded gusty winds forcing people to stay indoors.
Normal life was affected as residents had to bring out their raincoats and umbrellas. Commuters also confronted early morning fog at several places in southern Jharkhand including Jamshedpur.
The IMD forecast suggests a generally cloudy sky with light to moderate rain at many places over Jharkhand in the next 24 hours due to the impact of the cyclone. Ranchi Met Centre also issued an alert of heavy rain at a few places in southern Jharkhand, during the next 24 hours.
The forecast further indicated a two to three-degree rise in minimum readings in the next two days after which night readings would witness a fall. The 24- hour forecast also indicated strong surface winds blowing at a speed of 30kmph to 40 Kmph in southern and central Jharkhand.