Monday, 18 October 2021

Expected impact and trajectory of Cyclone Gulab

Expected impact and trajectory detail of Cyclone Gulab

The (IMD) India Meteorological Department has warned that a low-pressure system in the Bay of Bengal, which intensified as a deep depression on Saturday, will turn into a cyclone by Sunday evening. The IMD said that Cyclone Gulab is likely to cross north Andhra Pradesh and its adjacent south Odisha in the next 12 hours.

As per IMD's forecast, the wind speed is expecting to be 70 to 80 kmph, gusting to 90 kmph in the area. The department has announced a yellow alert for the area around Vishakhapatnam - Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam - from where the cyclone expects to cross.

The Cyclone Gulab is likely to move west-north-westwards initially during the next 24 hours and west-south-westwards.

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Here is the latest on cyclone movement and the government's advisory:

The deep depression lay centered 470 km east-southeast of Gopalpur and 540 km east of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, the IMD said on Twitter.

  • According to IMD forecast, the system will bring widespread and heavy rain to parts of east and central India.
  • For the next three days, the sea condition will be rough in the coastal areas of Odisha, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh.
  • The Coast Guard has alerted the fishermen in the area by broadcasting weather warnings against the low-pressure area. They have been advised not to travel into the deep sea from September 25 onwards till further notice.
  • The IMD also predicted localized flooding of roads, waterlogging in low-lying areas due to torrential rain over coastal Andhra Pradesh on September 26 and Odisha and Chhattisgarh over the next two days.
  • The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Odisha, has asked all district collectors to remain alert because of the weather forecast.
  • This is the second depression of the season and also the second in September. No depressions were forming between June and August.
  • Normally, five to six depressions form during the monsoon season and bring extensive rainfall to be central and west India.
  • The IMD has forecast another cyclonic circulation around September 28, which will bring a fresh spell of rain to east and central India.

The weather department has said that there is now only a two percent deficiency in monsoon rain since June.

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