Bhubaneswar, September 26: Cyclonic storm 'Gulab', a name given by Pakistan, has intensified in the Bay of Bengal and is expected to make a landfall today, i.e. on September 26 near the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast. In the wake of the current weather conditions, heavy rainfall is expected to lash Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and parts of South India. The IMD has issued a cyclone warning for north Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south Odisha coasts.

According to the weather forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclonic storm 'Gulab' lay centered about 370 km east-southeast of Gopalpur of Odisha and 440 km east of Kalingapatnam of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday evening. The IMD said that cyclone is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur around Sunday evening. Cyclone Update: NDRF Deploys 18 Teams in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha in View of Impending Cyclonic Storm in the Bay of Bengal.

Due to the impact of Cyclone Gulab, heavy rainfall is would occur in some places of Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khordha, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, and Cuttack districts. The coastal and south Odisha districts are very likely to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall for the next two days.

Cyclone Gulab Live Tracker Map on Windy and Landfall Timings: 

According to IMD, squally wind speed reaching 75-85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph is likely along and off Odisha coasts from Sunday afternoon, till midnight in Ganjam, Gajapati districts, 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph along & off Khordha, Puri, Rayagada and Koraput districts, 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over Nabarangpur and Malkangiri

According to details by Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena, as many as 42 ODRAF teams, 24 NDRF teams, and 102 Fire Service teams will be deployed in seven districts that are likely to be most affected by the cyclonic storm.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Sep 26, 2021 07:13 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website