Cyclone Phethai, a cyclone brewing over the Bay of Bengal, is expected to intensify and hit the areas of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, on the 17th of December (Monday.)
Cyclone Phethai will cause heavy rainfall and landfall in Prakasam and East Godavari districts, Andhra Pradesh. The officials issued high alert in nearby areas such as Visakhapatnam, Nellore and West Godavari.
K. Naga Ratna, Director, India Meteorological Department (IMD,) Hyderabad Centre, said, “On Friday morning, the storm system appeared as deep depression, which will be intensified into cyclone by Friday evening.”
The depression, seen over the Bay of Bengal today morning, is moving northwest with a speed of 18 kmph. Cyclone Phethai will turn into a severe cyclone by Monday and may move at a speed of 100 to 140 kmph.
According to the IMD, the depression was about 1,150 km southeast of Chennai and 1,350 km south southeast of Machilipatnam.
The weather inference by the IMD said, “It is very likely to intensify further into a deep depression during the next 12 hours and into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move towards Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamil Nadu coast during next 72 hours.”
Cyclone Phethai may gradually weaken as it reaches eastern India. All the high alert areas may receive heavy rainfall on the 16th and 17th of December.
N. Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, called for an emergency meeting with officials, today. The meeting was scheduled at the Secretariat, Amaravati and officials were directed to take precautionary measures ahead of the cyclone. Fishermen are instructed not to venture into the sea till further instructions are issued.
Stay tuned for more updates about Cyclone Phethai.