Cyclone Gulab LIVE Updates: ‘Cyclone Gulab’ is likely to move westward and land north of Andhra Pradesh-South Odisha coastline between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur, as a strong midnight storm today. The landslide will begin tonight, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking to Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Reddy looked at the situation that emerged after the storm. “Assured all possible support from the Centre. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being,” the PM tweeted.
The IMD said the ‘Gulab’ was formed over the northwest and merged west of the central Bay of Bengal. The IMD has issued a Cyclone warning north of Andhra Pradesh and the southern coast of Odisha. The IMD went on to say that it was likely to start in the west-northwestwards in the next 24 hours and the southwest and then fall off the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around Kalingapatnam on Sunday evening. Meanwhile, the Indian Railways’ East Coast Railway (EcoR) has decided to cancel / suspend other trains for passenger safety and rail operations.
The 2021 North Indian Ocean cyclone season is an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. The North Indian Ocean cyclone season has no official bounds, but cyclones tend to form between April and December, peaking between May to November. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the northern Indian Ocean.
The season began on April 2, when a depression designated as BOB 01 was formed in the north Andaman Sea and quickly made landfall in Myanmar. The basin remained quiet for over a month before Cyclone Tauktae formed. It rapidly intensified into a extremely severe cyclonic storm before making landfall in Gujarat, become the strongest storm ever to strike that state since the 1998 Gujarat cyclone. Later that month, BOB 02 formed and later strengthened into Cyclone Yaas. Yaas rapidly intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm before making landfall in northwestern Odisha. As of May 2021, the strongest tropical cyclone is Cyclone Tauktae, with maximum wind speeds of 185 km/h (115 mph) and a minimum barometric pressure of 950 hPa (28.05 inHg).