TC Phethai

Updated: 12/16/2018 3:59:50 AM
The IMD in its latest release said that the cyclone is very likely to intensify further into a 'Severe' storm in the coming 06 hours. It is expected to cross the coast between Ongole and Kakinada on Monday.
Coastal areas in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are on high alert as a deep depression developing over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclonic storm. Dubbed as Phethai, the cyclone is headed towards the coastal areas of Machilipatnam in Andhra and Chennai in Tamil Nadu. Anticipating the storm, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been put on high alert along with the Coast Guard.
Sixteen teams of Andhra Pradesh Disaster Response and Fire Services are on standby at Rajamahendravaram, while another nine (of five members each) have been positioned in West Godavari district for road clearance, PTI reported.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 12/14/2018 3:32:27 AM
Parts of south-coastal Andhra Pradesh have been placed on alert, according to state officials on Thursday.
Chieg minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed district collectors in south-coastal Andhra Pradesh to be on the alert. He told officials to be prepared to evacuate people from vulnerable coastal communities in case Cyclone Phenthai makes landfall.
Source: DORRIS

Published Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A new tropical system (Phethai) is forecast to develop in the Bay of Bengal on December 12 or 13, 2018, and strengthen on its way toward southeastern India and Sri Lanka into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm. Powerful winds and heavy rain are expected along the coast of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, India.

This will be the 7th named storm of the 2018 North Indian Ocean cyclone season, the most active since 1992.

While there is still a lot of room for change, current forecast models suggest landfall will take place late Saturday, December 15 or early Sunday, December 16 somewhere between Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

Winds up to 150 km/h are likely, making it a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm.

Heavy rainfall, up to 250 mm or more are expected along the coast, potentially producing life-threatening floods.
Source: DORRIS