Updated: September 27, 2021 4:52:55 pm
Cyclone Gulab, which has turned into a deep depression after crossing the coast of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday evening, could give birth to a fresh cyclone in the Arabian Sea.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said that the present system will be given a new name if the wind speed touches 68km/hr. If this happens, it will only be the third such instance since 1996 when a cyclone after making landfall would further strengthen and re-emerge as a fresh system of ‘cyclone’ category in the North Indian Ocean region.
In 2018, very-severe cyclone Gaja – formed in the Bay of Bengal – had crossed the Tamil Nadu coast and later re-emerged in the Arabian Sea from central Kerala. Gaja brewed in the Bay of Bengal for nearly 10 days before making landfall and had one of the longest cyclone tracks covering 3,418 kms.
As on Monday morning, the deep depression associated with cyclone Gulab was located 65 kms south of Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh and 150 kms east-northeast of Bhadrachalam in Telangana.
“This system will further weaken into a depression by Monday evening and move westwards near north-east Arabian Sea, close to Gujarat coast,” the IMD’s cyclone bulletin said.
The system would traverse along Telangana, Maharashtra and reach close to the Gujarat coast before possibly re-emerging on September 30, and will bring heavy rainfall in its wake. The Met department has issued ‘red’ and ‘orange’ alerts for meteorological subdivisions covering coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Vidarbha, Marathwada, madhya Maharashtra, Konkan, Goa and Gujarat till Tuesday.
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