In Odisha, rain has started in the south and coastal areas due to cyclone Gulab. Meanwhile, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik held a meeting with collectors of 11 cyclone affected cities to prepare for Cyclone Gulab through video conferencing. The Chief Secretary was also present at the meeting. According to IMD, the cyclone is expected to hit the coast between Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh at around midnight.
The department also said that this is the second cyclone to hit Odisha in four months. Its centre is about 140 km southeast of Gopalpur and about 190 km east-northeast of Kalingapatnam. IMD has issued a red alert in view of the high rainfall forecast. The department said, "It is expected to move westwards tonight and cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast.
The storms ranging from 75-85 kmph to 95 kmph. The process will begin late on Sunday evening. Senior IMD expert RK Jenamani said, IMD has issued a red alert for cyclone 'Gulab'. South Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh have been issued red alert for today. The cyclone is expected to landfall late in the evening/night. State that the Government of Odisha has already prepared rescue and relief personnel and machinery and has started evacuating the people to safer places in 7 identified districts of the southern part of the state.