The next 12 to 24 hours will be crucial for a few Indian states, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The department has issued a cyclone warning for parts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. A low pressure system has formed over the Bay of Bengal, due to which there could be heavy rains accompanied by cyclonic thunderstorms over the next 12 hours.
The cyclone is expected to pass through northern Andhra Pradesh and affect southern Odisha within the next 12 hours. IMD issued a yellow alert in parts of the state and named it “Cyclone Gulab”.
IMD took to Twitter to let everyone know about the alert. He said he could cross the coasts of southern Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh around Kalingapatnam by the evening of September 26.
The low turns into a deep low over northern and central BoB, likely to intensify to a CS within the next 12 hours and cross the southern coasts of Odisha north TBEN around Kalingapatnam by the day before September 26. Cyclone alert for the north TBEN and adj south coasts of Odisha Yellow message #imd #cyclone pic.twitter.com/9Zru7Ybpm0
– Indian Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) September 25, 2021
To combat the cyclone, the Kolkata police opened a control room called the “Unified Command Center”. All police stations and divisions in this area have been requested to be on high alert. Apart from this, 15 NDRF teams were deployed to 15 West Bengal coastal areas and 4 teams to Kolkata for flood, relief and rescue operations.
A cyclone is named when the wind speed of a cyclonic storm is greater than 40 miles per hour.