HIGH ALERT: Cyclone expected in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu


Hyderabad/Bhubaneswar: India Meteorological Department has warned the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, after the deep depression in the Bay of Bengal transformed into a cyclonic storm causing heavy rains and high-velocity winds on May 19.

According to the IMD, the northern part of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are expected to be hit by winds gushing at a speed of about 55-75 kmph in the next 24 hours, and the southern part of the Andhra Pradesh coast during next 48 hours.

Heavy rainfall will continue in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 24 hours, said the weather department on Wednesday. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea as sea condition will be very rough during the next 48 hours.

The IMD said there could be extensive damage to thatched huts, power and communication lines and roads over coastal Andhra Pradesh during next 48 hours and over south coastal Odisha from Thursday night onwards. 

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed all district Collectors to take precautionary measures in view of the cyclone threat to southern and northern parts of the state. "District Collectors are directed to take necessary steps like keeping food and water packets ready," said Naidu.