Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Cyclonic storm ‘Laila' crossed the Andhra Pradesh coast on Thursday evening at Bapatla, wreaking havoc over large tracts of the coastal area. However, the damage was lesser than feared.

The India Meteorological Department warned that there was also a possibility that it could re-enter the northern parts of the Bay of Bengal and once again get intensified. “There is [a] possibility of the emergence of the system into north Bay of Bengal. In that case, the system may intensify again over the sea,'' said a bulletin.

‘Laila' would whip up 50-60 kmph squally winds along and off the Orissa coast from Thursday night.

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