Cyclone Gulab continues to move with a speed of about 15 kmph and is centred about 70 km east northeast of Kalingapatnam. The system is moving westward and the landfall process has started for the Cyclone.
The landfall process of a storm begins when its peripherals of the central cloud mass reach the coastline. The entire process of landfall takes about four hours during which the coastline experiences gale speed winds.
So far, until 5:30 pm, Kalingapatnam has received 62 mm of rains, Visakhapatnam has seen 34 mm. Along the coast, when the storm crosses, the wind speed is higher on the right side of the track of the storm while rains are more torrential on the left side of the track.
Most affected districts will be Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram, Kalingapatnam, Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam and Gajapati of Odisha. Once the system crosses, interior parts of Odisha will also see inclement weather conditions. Moreover, the peripherals of this storm will also affect the south coastal parts of Andhra Pradesh and even north Odisha. Extremely southern districts of West Bengal may be seen.
Moderate rains may be expected over many parts of North Coastal Odisha including Baripada, Puri etc. extending up to parts of West Bengal including Kolkata, Contai etc.