Cyclone Gulab weakens into deep depression; likely to weaken further

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that Cyclone Gulab has weakened into a Deep Depression and moved westwards with a speed of 14 kmph during last the last few hours. The weather department had issued an orange alert in north Andhra Pradesh as well as south Odisha coasts. The alert was sounded after the department noticed that the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified on Saturday. Amid this, so far, West Bengal is not likely to be impacted due to cyclone ‘Gulab’.

With the landfall of the cyclone, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha experienced heavy rainfall that is expected to continue on Monday as well. IMD has predicted that Cyclone Gulab will reduce in intensity by Monday evening, going from Deep Depression to Depression. Light to moderate rainfall to continue in Andhra Pradesh & heavy rainfall in 1-2 isolated places of coastal Andhra, fishermen advised not to go into sea. One person died as the cyclonic storm crossed north Andhra Pradesh- South Odisha coast about 20 km north Kalingapatnam on Sunday night with wind reaching 75-85 kmph. Odisha experienced light to moderate rainfall as cyclone Gulab made landfall at a place in Andhra Pradesh. A large number of people have been evacuated as a precautionary measure. The wind speed of the cyclone is much less in Odisha compared to that in the neighbouring state during landfall. Ahead of the cyclone, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) also took stock of the preparedness in the areas to deal with the cyclonic storm.