Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued Red Warning for as many as seven districts of Odisha in view of Cyclone Gulab.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy falls at one or two places very likely to occur over the districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri,” the IMD forecasted and issued Red Warning for the districts.
It has also issued Orange and Yellow warnings for several districts in connection with the cyclonic storm.
Orange Warning: Heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places very likely to occur over the districts of Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, and Kalahandi.
Yellow Warning: Heavy rainfall very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Cuttack, Boudh, Sonepur, Bolangir, and Nuapada.
The system is likely to cross north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam & Gopalpur around evening of 26th September
* Gale wind speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph very likely to prevail over Northwest and adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal and increase further becoming wind speed reaching 75-85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph from forenoon of 26th till late evening.
* Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely to prevail along and off Odisha-North Andhra Pradesh coasts. It will gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 75-85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph from afternoon of 26th till midnight along & off north Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam Districts) and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati Districts), 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph along & off Khordha, Puri, Rayagada & Koraput districts, 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over Nabarangpur & Malkangiri districts of Odisha. Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph likely to prevail along & off remaining parts of Odisha & Andhra Pradesh & West Bengal coasts on 26th Sept. and over northeast Bay of Bengal on 26th Sept.
Storm surge warning
Tidal wave of about 0.5 m height above the astronomical tide likely to inundate low lying areas of Srikakulam, Sompeta, Vizianagaram, Ganjam districts during the time of landfall.
* The fishermen are advised not to venture into east-central & adjoining northeast Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea on 26th Sept.
* The fishermen are advised not to venture into northwest & adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal and along & off Odisha, West Bengal & North Andhra Pradesh coasts till 27th Sept.