Cyclone Phethai moves toward coastal Andhra Pradesh

Cyclone Phethai to bring heavy to very heavy rainfall across Southern Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Coastal areas in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are on high alert as a deep depression developing over the Bay of Bengal has now intensified into a cyclonic storm. Dubbed as ‘Phethai’, it may intensify into ‘severe’ in next 6 hours.

It will most probably hit coastal Andhra. Phethai might not directly hit coastal Odisha, said India Meteorological Department (IMD) in a press release.

Phethai is set for landfall at about 4 pm tomorrow at Andhra’s Machilipatnam. It is very likely to cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Ongole and Kakinada during 17th December afternoon.

Malkangiri, Rayagada, Nabrangpur, Kandhamal, Koraput, Kalahandi, and Nuapada might receive some rainfall due to Phethai. Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada and Kalahandi might receive heavy rainfall from today onwards, reported IMD.

Fishermen have been advised to stay away from the coastline for a while. Farmers also have been asked to take adequate measures in protecting their crops.

Also Read: Depression Over Bay Of Bengal Intensifies; No Threat To Odisha

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