A deep depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal is likely to turn into a severe cyclonic storm in two days across Andhra Pradesh’s coast, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday.
The storm will possibly cross the Andhra coast between Ongole and Kakinada on Monday, December 17, afternoon.
This will be the third cyclone to hit South India this winter. Earlier, Cyclone Titli hit Odisha in October and Cyclone Gaja hit Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh in November.
According to the MET Department ‘Heavy to very heavy rainfall’ has been forecast for coastal Andhra Pradesh on December 16 and 17.
The brewing depression is currently around 1,000 km from the Indian coast and is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm with winds of up to 100 kmph by tomorrow morning.
The Andhra Govt has issued an advisory for the fishermen and has asked them not to venture into the sea along coastal Andhra.
The Govt has also ordered to prepone the distribution of Ration from 20the December after the Cyclone Alert.
The official leaves of officers have also been cancelled on the prediction of Cyclone.
The district collectors have alerted the local authorities to store drinking water and other necessary items.