Cyclone threat to AP coast

Cyclone threat to AP coast
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With the depression over Southwest Bay of Bengal intensifying into a deep depression and as it is likely to further intensify into a cyclonic storm, the Andhra Pradesh government has put the entire administration in coastal districts on alert. The cyclonic storm is centered around 200 km away from Machilipatnam coast.

Hyderabad: With the depression over Southwest Bay of Bengal intensifying into a deep depression and as it is likely to further intensify into a cyclonic storm, the Andhra Pradesh government has put the entire administration in coastal districts on alert. The cyclonic storm is centered around 200 km away from Machilipatnam coast.

  • Cyclonic storm centered around 200 km away from Machilipatnam coast
  • Rough conditions to prevail along and off AP coast during next 48 hours
  • Fishermen advised not to venture into the sea

According to Met office, winds touching a speed of up to 90 km per hour are likely. Since rough to very rough conditions would prevail along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during next 48 hours, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.

District Collectors and departments concerned have been put on high alert and have been told to take necessary action as per Standard Operation Procedure (SOP). Already the NDRF teams have been positioned at various places.

In Nellore, a five-minute gale at an estimated speed of about 75 kmph left a trial of disaster in Balaji Nagar and other areas. Several trees and electric poles got uprooted. Even the push-carts got badly damaged. Many areas continue to be under darkness. On an average, district received 4.2 cm rainfall on Wednesday alone.

The Krishna district administration is on high alert to face any eventuality. Rains lashed the coastal mandals of Machilipatnam, Koduru, Nagayalanka and other parts of Krishna district on Wednesday.

District Collector A Babu said a control room has been opened in Machilipatnam with phone number 08672-252572 and toll free number 1077. Distant signal No. 3 has been hoisted at Kakinada, Visakhapatnam and Gangavaram Port.

A moderate rain lashed various parts of West Godavari and East Godavari districts since Wednesday morning. So far no damages reported from anywhere in the district

Basically, the depression concentrated close to Chennai city and it slowly moved towards northern direction and is now located on south-southeast of Nellore. As a result of close proximity to seacoast, Nellore city has been witnessing gales.

Weather experts say that the situation poses a definite threat to the coastal parts of North Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal during the next two days as heavy rain is possible.

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