Lehar weakens

The very severe cyclonic storm, Lehar, has weakened into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred at about 450 km east-southeast of Machillipatnam and 400 km southeast of Kakinada on Wednesday evening.

It is expected to move west-northwest wards and weaken further before crossing the coast as a cyclonic storm near Machillipatnam around Thursday afternoon. The IMD said colder sea surface temperature and increase in wind shear as the storm moved towards the coast as reasons behind its weakening and Lehar could rapidly weaken after it makes landfall.