IMD Issues Cyclone Alert For South Odisha, North Andhra Pradesh Coasts

Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued a cyclone alert for south Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh coasts.

As per the IMD, yesterday’s Depression over east-central and adjoining northeast Bay of Bengal had intensified into a Deep Depression and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST of 25th September 2021 over North and adjoining Central Bay of Bengal.

It is likely to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm in the next 12 hours and cross south Odisha-North Andhra Pradesh coasts around Kalingapatnam by the evening of September 26.

Under its influence, light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy rainfall at isolated places are likely over Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha and Coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next 24 hours.

Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places & extremely heavy falls at isolated places is very likely over south Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh and heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Telangana and heavy falls at isolated places over north interior Odisha & Chhattisgarh on September 26.

Further, light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy & extremely heavy falls at isolated places is very likely over south Chhattisgarh and heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Odisha & Telangana and heavy rainfall at isolated places over coastal West Bengal on September 27.

Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph very likely over
Northwest and adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal and increase gradually becoming gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph from the evening of September 25 and 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph from morning of September 26 till evening.

Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph likely along and off OdishaNorth Andhra Pradesh coasts from today morning. It will gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph from afternoon of September 26 till midnight along & off north Andhra Pradesh & adjoining south Odisha coasts.

Impact Expected

  • Localized Flooding of roads, inundation and waterlogging in low-lying areas and closure of underpasses mainly in urban areas of the above region.
  • Occasional reduction in visibility due to heavy rainfall.
  • Disruption of traffic in major cities due to waterlogging in roads leading to increased travel time.
  • Minor damage to kutcha roads. Possibilities of damage to vulnerable structure.
  • Localized Landslides/Mudslides
  • Damage to horticulture and standing crops in some areas due to inundation and strong winds.
  • It may lead to riverine flooding in some river catchments (for riverine flooding please visit the Web page of CWC)

Action Suggested

  • Check for traffic congestion on your route before leaving for your destination.
  • Follow any traffic advisories that are issued in this regard.
  • Avoid going to areas that face the waterlogging problems often.
  • Avoid staying in vulnerable structure.
  • Follow IMD warnings for updates