Cyclone Gulab in Odisha: Know district-wise wind speed prediction by IMD

Bhubaneswar: Under the influence of Cyclone Gulab, which is likely to cross north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coasts by the evening of 26th September, several districts of Odisha are likely to experience wind having speed varying from 55 to 95 kmph.

Below are district-wise wind speed predictions as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

* 75-85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph from afternoon of 26th September till midnight along & off south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati districts).

* 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph along & off Khordha, Puri, Rayagada and Koraput districts during the same period.

* 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over Nabarangpur and Malkangiri districts during the same period.

The cyclonic storm is likely to cross north Andhra Pradesh – south Odisha coasts between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around Kalingapatnam by evening of 26th September.

Storm Surge Warning

Tidal wave of about 0.5 m height above the astronomical tide likely to inundate low lying areas of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Ganjam districts during the time of landfall.

Below are the expected damages as per the IMD.

* Damage to thatched huts.

* Minor damage to power and communication lines due to breaking of branches.

* Major damage to Kutcha and minor damage to Pucca roads.

* Some damage to paddy crops, banana, papaya trees and orchards.

* Sea water inundation in low lying areas after erosion of Kutcha embankments.

* Localized flooding of roads, inundation and water logging in low lying areas and closure of underpasses mainly in urban areas of the concerned regions.

* Occasional reduction in visibility due to heavy rainfall.

* Disruption of traffic in cities due to water logging in roads leading to increased travel time.

* Possibilities of damage to vulnerable structure.

* Localized landslides/mudslides.

* Damage to horticulture and standing crops in some areas due to inundation and strong winds.

* It may lead to riverine flooding in some river catchments.

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