16 years after Cyclone Pyarr, Gulab triggers report September rain in Visakhapatnam

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After Cyclone Gulab crossed the Andhra Pradesh coast Sunday night, the port metropolis of Visakhapatnam obtained a 24-hour rainfall of 282 mm on Monday, an all-time report for the month of September. The final time town recorded such heavy rain in September was in 2005 when Cyclone Pyarr, which fashioned within the Bay of Bengal, crossed the coast near Kalingapatnam – a observe much like that adopted by Gulab. Back then, Vizag recorded a rainfall of 194mm on September 20, which was the beforehand held report for the month.

Cyclone Gulab made landfall round 6.30 pm on Sunday night near Kalingapatnam in north Andhra Pradesh and moved totally to land by 10.30 pm. By early Monday morning, it had weakened right into a deep melancholy (wind pace 51-61 kmph) and was positioned 90 km south-southeast of Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh, 65 km east-northeast of Kalingapatnam (as on 8.30 am Monday).

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“This system is likely to move further westwards and by Monday evening, weaken into a depression (31-51 kmph),” Monday’s IMD bulletin acknowledged.

The Met Department has issued a ‘Red’ alert indicating heavy to very heavy rainfall (64.5mm to 204.4mm in 24 hours) over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Vidarbha in Maharashtra on Monday. Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and Nizamabad stay underneath ‘Red’ alert whereas Godavari, Krishna, Koraput, Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Kanker, Warangal and concrete Rangareddy district are underneath ‘Orange’ alert.

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In the previous 24 hours, heavy rainfall has been recorded at Srikakulam (150mm), Kalingapatnam (126mm), Godavari (120mm), Kakinada (113mm), Vijayawada (108mm), Krishna (110mm) and Yanam (90mm).

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