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Cyclone Gulab to shower bounty over AP, Telangana, Chhattisgarh

Vinson Kurian Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on September 26, 2021

Cyclone Gulab will bring heavy rain into Andhra Pradesh, adjoining Maharashtra, Telangana, northern parts of Karnataka as also along the Kerala coast and adjoining Coastal Karnataka until Monday evening.

Parts of Maharashtra will also make gains

Cyclone 'Gulab’ has moved nearly westwards and was located on Sunday afternoon about 110 km East-South-East of Gopalpur (Odisha) and 130 km East-North-East of Kalingapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) with a landfall point indicated somewhere between, projected late into midnight on Sunday night. 

As per latest meteorological observations available at 6.30 pm on Sunday, the cloud bands had touched the coastal regions of North Andhra Pradesh and adjoining South Coastal Odisha, triggering the landfall process as predicted by India Meteorological Department (IMD), which may take hours to complete.

Combining with others 

In combination with circulations over North-East Arabian Sea (off West Gujarat coast) and North Madhya Pradesh, 'Gulab' brought very heavy rainfall over West Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, East Gujarat, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam from overnight from Saturday to Sunday. 

The rainfall was heavy over Uttarakhand, East Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh, East Rajasthan, Telangana, Rayalaseema, Odisha, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada, the IMD said on Sunday evening. All-India rain deficit has already been reduced to two per cent as on date. 

Heavy to very heavy rain

Significant rainfall amounts (in cm) recorded are Krishna-14; Deesa and Villupuram-13 each; Dantiwada and Khargone-12 each; Khandwa, Golconda and Sangareddy-10 each; Singaruli, Ratlam, Chittoor, Bageshwar and Kannauj-9 each; Cuddapah, Kamareddy, Nalgonda and Pratapgarh-8 each; Narsinghpur, Chindwara, Bapatla, Cuddalore, Sholapur, Beed, Osmanabad, Aurangabad and Nawpara-7 each.

Model forecasts suggest that, close on the heels of 'Gulab' and before the month is out, the Bay of Bengal may spin up another cyclonic circulation over the southern parts of the basin. It is shown as travelling towards the Tamil Nadu coast, bringing along with a contingent of potent rain bands.

Rainy outlook issued

An outlook for Monday said that light to moderate rainfall is likely at most places over Vidarbha, South

Chhattisgarh and Telangana accompanied by heavy to very heavy and extremely heavy falls while it will be heavy to very heavy falls over Konkan, Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, Odisha and, Marathwada.

As for Tuesday, the IMD has forecast light to moderate rainfall at most places over East Gujarat, Madhya Maharashtra, Konkan and Goa accompanied by heavy to very heavy and extremely heavy falls. It will be heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Saurashtra, Kutch and Marathwada. 

Wet spell for South India

Fishermen have been told not to venture into North-West and adjoining West-Central Bay and along and off Odisha, West Bengal and North Andhra Pradesh coasts till Monday evening. 

Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy very has been forecast over a rain-deficient Kerala and Mahe in the South Peninsula for next two days while it will be isolated heavy over the Lakshadweep area, again rain-deficient. Isolated rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls is likely over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal during this period.  

Published on September 26, 2021

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