Cyclone Gulab weakens into deep depression, heavy rainfall alert in few districts in Odisha, Telangana

Cyclone Gulab: The cyclonic storm weakened into a deep depression in the early hours of September 27 and is likely to move westwards and north westwards and weaken further into a depression during the next 12 hours, as per the India Meteorological Department. 

Created On: Sep 27, 2021 12:57 IST
Cyclone Gulab weakens into deep depression, Source: IMD
Cyclone Gulab weakens into deep depression, Source: IMD

Cyclone Gulab updates: Cyclone Gulab made landfall over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining South Odisha, 70 km west of Kalingapatnam town of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh early morning on September 27, 2021. 

The cyclonic storm weakened into a deep depression in the early hours of September 27 and is likely to move westwards and north westwards and weaken further into a depression during the next 12 hours, as per the India Meteorological Department. 

Heavy Rainfall warning 

Heavy rainfall warning has been issued for the next 24 hours over some districts of south Odisha in connection with a Deep Depression, remnant of Cyclonic Storm GULAB over south Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh. 

According to Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, some parts of the outer spiral band clouds associated with Cyclone Gulab are still inside the ocean, which will continue to supply moisture, leading to the possibility of extremely heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours in few districts in Odisha including- Malkangiri, Rayagada, Gajapati, Nawarngpur and Koraput district.

Few districts of Telangana are also likely to get heavy to very heavy rainfall & at times extremely heavy rainfall, informed Dr K Nagaratna, Head, Meteorological Centre Hyderabad. She also added that the state is likely to have gale winds of 30-40km/hr gusting to 45 km/hr during the next 24 hours. 

Port Warning

There is also a port warning for ports of Odisha in connection with Deep Depression, especially Gopalpur port. There is no warning for Puri , Dhamara & Paradeep port.

Fishermen warning

The fishermen have been advised to not venture into the sea, along and off the coast of Odisha, and northwest & adjoining west central Bay of Bengal during the next 24 hours.

Impact of Cyclone Gulab 

Various parts of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh continue to receive heavy rainfall due to Cyclone Gulab. Several roads have been submerged and trees and electricity poles uprooted in some areas. The power supply also has been interrupted in most parts of the district.

However, life returned to normal for people in Kalingapatnam on the morning of September 27, a day after they experienced strong winds as 'Cyclone Gulab' made landfall in coastal regions of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

Background

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had held a review meeting on September 25, 2021 on the preparedness in wake of the Met department's office report on cyclone alert and directed the officials to take all necessary steps for the safety of the people. The state had set up cyclone rooms in village secretariats and disaster management staff had been asked to be on alert in Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam districts. The Odisha government has also similarly launched an evacuation drive in its seven southern districts with a key focus on Ganjam and Gajapati. 

An orange alert was issued in two states- Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on September 26, 2021 by India Meteorological Department after a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal intensified into a Cyclonic storm Gulab over Northwest & adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal. A yellow alert was issued for Odisha's Balasore, Rayagada, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Bhadrak districts by the Met department.  The Met department had advised people to keep a watch on the weather and move to safer places to protect from lightning strikes when deemed necessary. 

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