odisha: Jawad to be first cyclone to hit Odisha in December in 130 years | India News – Times of India


BHUBANESHWAR: If Cyclone Jawad hits Odisha coast on Sunday as predicted, it will be the first one to do so to the state in December in India Meteorological Department (IMD)’s nearly 130 years of recorded history.
The coastal state has been hit by more than 100 cyclones since 1891, when IMD started compiling cyclone data. “However, none of the cyclones hit the state in December in around 130 years,” said Umashankar Dash, an IMDscientist.
The east coast has witnessed 14 cyclones in December since 1891, hitting other Indian states or Bangladesh. Of them, only five December cyclones had some impact on Odisha, mainly in terms of rainfall. Most recently, Cyclone Phethai had made landfall in East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh on December 17, 2018. It caused some rain in southern Odisha districts. IMD-Bhubaneswar director HR Biswas said Odisha is generally hit by cyclones in May-June.

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