The Cyclonic Storm ‘Gulab’ lay centred over the west-central Bay of Bengal, about 270 km east-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha and 330 km east of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh as of early Sunday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
Gulab to cross around Midnight
It is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur around Sunday midnight of September 26, according to the IMD’s latest bulletin.
Several parts of Odisha are likely to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall under the impact of the cyclonic storm. The cyclonic storm is likely to cause some damage in different parts of Odisha due to strong winds and heavy rainfall.
Odisha government has started the process of evacuation of people from several low-lying and hilly areas of different parts of the State.
As per IMD, on 26th September, light to moderate rainfall may occur at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places & extremely heavy falls at isolated places is very likely over south Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh; heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places is also likely over Telangana and heavy falls at isolated places over north interior Odisha & Chhattisgarh.
On 27th September, light to moderate rainfall may occur at most places with heavy to very heavy & extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely over south Chhattisgarh; heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Odisha, Telangana & Vidarbha and heavy rainfall at isolated places over coastal West Bengal & North Chattisgarh.
Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to prevail along and off Odisha-North Andhra Pradesh coasts. It will gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 75-85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph from afternoon of 26th till midnight along & off north Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam Districts) and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati Districts), 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph along & off Khordha, Puri, Raigada & Koraput districts, 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over Navrangpur & Malkangiri districts of Odisha.
Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph likely to prevail along & off remaining parts of Odisha & Andhra Pradesh & West Bengal coasts and also over northeast Bay of Bengal on 26th Sept.