Bhubaneswar: The Deep Depression intensified into Cyclonic Storm ‘Gulab’ (pronounced as Gul-Aab) over Northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today evening.
The weathermen also issued a cyclone warning for north Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south Odisha coasts.
The Deep Depression over northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal moved nearly westwards with a speed of seven kmph in last six hours. It intensified into Cyclonic Storm ‘Gulab’ (pronounced as Gul-Aab) and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST today, over northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal near Lat. 18.3°N and Long. 88.3°E.
The Cyclonic storm lay centered about 370 km east-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha and 440 km east of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
The weathermen further forecasted the cyclonic storm is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh – south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur around evening of September 26.
Meanwhile, the Gajapati and Koraput district administrations in Odisha have cancelled public holidays on September 25 and 26. The Collectors have directed Government officials and employees to remain present at their headquarters to meet any emergency.