Andhra Pradesh

Cyclone Phethai: Heavy rainfall expected in coastal Andhra

Rainfall is likely in most of Andhra Pradesh as Cyclone Phethai is expected to make landfall today   | Photo Credit: S. Rambabu

The severe cyclonic storm ‘Phethai’ over west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal moved northwards with a speed of 23 km/hr, weakened slightly, and lay centred 320 km east-northeast of Chennai, 160 km southeast of Machilipatnam and 190 km south of Kakinada, at 5.30 a.m. on Monday. It is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast around Kakinada on Monday afternoon. However, due to unfavourable environmental conditions, it is likely to weaken before landfall and cross coast as a cyclonic storm with wind speed of 70-90 kmph, gusting to 100 kmph, according to a bulletin issued by the Cyclone Warning Centre (CWC) here on Monday morning.

Heavy rainfall warning

Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected at a few places over coastal AP and extremely heavy rainfall (more than 20 cm) is likely at isolated places over northcoastal AP and Yanam district of Puducherry on Monday.

Wind warning

Gales with speed reaching 70-80 km/hr, gusting to 90 km/hr, are likely along and off north coastal AP and squally winds, with speed reaching 50-60 km/hr, gusting to 70 km/hr, are likely along and off south coastal AP.

The sea condition will be choppy with high to very high waves expected over west central Bay of Bengal.

The storm surge height of about 0.5 m to 1 m above astronomical tides is likely to inundate the low-lying areas of Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts of coastal AP and Yanam district of Puducherry at the time of landfall.

Huts are likely to be damaged. Power and communication lines, kutcha and pucca roads, and trees and crops are likely to be affected in Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts and Yanam of Puducherry.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea.

Port warning

Danger signal no. 7 (DS-VII) has been kept hoisted at Kakinada and Bheemunipatnam Port. DS-VI has been hoisted at Visakhapatnam and Gangavaram Port and Local Cautionary (LC-III) has been hoisted at Kalingapatnam, Vadarevu and Krishnapatnam Ports.


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