Cyclonic storm Gulab, as per the IMD, lays centred over the Bay of Bengal. This is about 330km east-southeast of Odisha’s Gopalpur and 400km east of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
As per the latest IMD bulletin, the storm is likely to move westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur around Sunday evening.
There is an orange alert in place, also a forecast of light to moderate rainfall at most places with ‘heavy to very heavy falls at a few places; extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely over south Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.
IMD has already issued warnings in parts of southern Odisha in the wake of cyclonic storm Gulab.
Since the cyclonic storm is likely to affect the southern parts of Odisha and will pass between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam.
Moreover, Odisha is bracing for Cyclone Gulab which is named by Pakistan. This comes just four months after Yaas.
Also, there are as many as 42 teams of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and 24 squads of the NDRF; about 102 teams of fire brigade personnel in place to various places of Odisha for evacuation efforts.
Furthermore, in Andhra Pradesh, three teams of NDRF and one team of SDRF have been positioned in north coastal districts for rescue and relief operations.