Officals of the Indian Meteorological Department have forecast that Cyclone Madi would turn into a very severe cyclonic storm and move nearly northwards, slowly. As of 10 p.m. on Saturday, the cyclone is located over south-western Bay of Bengal, 520 km east-south-east of Chennai, and 440 km north-east of Trincomalee, the IMD said.

Rainfall was reported at a few places over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands under the influence of the cyclone.

Officials are trying to figure out the speed in which Madi would move, and where it would make landfall. It had moved a distance of 20 km away from Chennai and 70 km off Trincomalee in about 11 hours, from the time of the last report.

With rainfall forecast under the influence of this system, fishermen have been advised to be cautious while venturing into sea and to stay away from deep sea.

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