Cyclone Gulab Nears Odisha Coast, 140 KM From Gopalpur
Bhubaneswar: Cyclonic storm Gulab laid centred over northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal, about 190 km east-northheast of Kalingapattnum, 140 km eastsoutheast of Goplapur, at 11.30 am on Sunday.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the system moved nearly westwards with a speed of 18 kmph during the past 3 hours. The current intensity at the centre is 75-85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph.
It is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur, as a cyclonic storm around midnight. The landfall process will commence from the evening, it said.
The storm will bring winds packing with a speed between 75 to 85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph. Tidal wave of about 0.5 m height above the astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Ganjam districts during the landfall, it added.
Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places & and extremely heavy rainfall (≥ 20 cm) at isolated places 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 and Chhattisgarh.
Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy and extremely heavy rainfall (≥ 20 cm) at isolated places very likely over south Chhattisgarh; heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Odisha, Telangana and Vidarbha and heavy rainfall at isolated places over coastal West Bengal and North Chattisgarh.