The landfall process of Cyclone Gulab is likely to commence from the evening today (September 26). Latest weather report suggests that the cyclonic storm, which is expected to hit the coast between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur during midnight, moved westwards with a speed of 18 km per hour during the last 3 hours.
It lay centred at 1:30PM over northwest & adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal, about 160 km east of Kalingapatnam, and 125 km southeast of Gopalpur. Weather experts forecast a wind speed between 75-85kmph gusting up to 95 kmph during the time of landfall.
The cyclone will impact Ganjam and Gajapati districts in Odisha more during the landfall, compared to other districts. Rainfall up to 20 cm will lash several places. The wind speed in interior and rest of coast line areas of Odisha is expected to be between 40-50 kmph.
The cyclonic storm is expected to weaken after 6 hours of making the landfall and will remain as depression for 12 hours. Capital city Bhubaneswar is likely to experience intense spell of rainfall up to 2-3cm during the day.
Published: Diptiranjita Patra
Last updated: 26 September 2021, 04:49 PM IST
Apart from the heavy rainfall forecast, the IMD has also sounded ‘Yellow Warning’ for thunderstorm with lightning for the districts of Puri, Khordha, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nawarangpur, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, Boudh, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur.