NDRF ON War foot : cyclone Gulab advances set to hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh today.,

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New Delhi: The Cyclonic Storm 'Gulab' over northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal moved nearly westwards with a speed of 7 kmph in the last few hours and lay centred around 330 km east-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha) and 400 km east of Kalingapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), the India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed on Sunday (September 26, 2021)

In a weather bulletin released at 1:30 AM, the weather department said that Cyclone Gulab is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh - south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur around Sunday evening. It warned that light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places is very likely over south Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a pre-cyclone watch for north Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south Odisha coasts.

Under the influence of the cyclonic circulation over the east-central Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood, a low-pressure area has formed over the same region, which became well-marked and subsequently concentrated into a depression, the IMD said in a special bulletin.

The system is located about 670 km east-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha) and 740 km east of Kalingapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). It is likely to intensify into a deep depression during the next 12 hours and intensify further thereafter, the bulletin said

The IMD further said that it is likely to move initially west-northwestwards during the next 24 hours and west-southwestwards thereafter and cross south Odisha-north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around Kalingapatnam by the evening of September 26.

“Pre-Cyclone: Watch for north Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south Odisha coasts Depression over East-central & adjoining Northeast Bay of Bengal: Pre-Cyclone Watch for north Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south Odisha coast,” the Bhubaneswar Met centre said in a tweet.

Under its impact, many parts of Odisha will receive heavy rainfall during the next five days.

Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely along and off Odisha coasts from Saturday morning. It will gradually increase, becoming gale wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph from the afternoon of September 26 till midnight along and off north Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south Odisha coasts, it said.

As sea conditions would be rough, fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea .

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