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‘Vardah’ intensifies into a severe cyclonic storm; heavy rain likely(the hindu)


Heavy rain likely in coastal AP from today


The cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’ over southeast Bay of Bengal moved west north-westwards and intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred over southeast Bay of Bengal about 750 km east-southeast of Nellore and 700 km east-southeast of Machilipatnam on Saturday.

The system is very likely to move in a west-northwesterly direction and likely to maintain its peak intensity up to December 11 evening, and thereafter it is likely to weaken gradually while moving towards the Andhra Pradesh coast. It is likely to cross between Nellore and Machilipatnam around afternoon/evening of December 12, according to the Cyclone Warning Centre (CWC) here.

Under the influence of this system, rainfall is very likely to occur at many places over coastal Andhra Pradesh with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts on Sunday.

Rainfall is very likely to occur at most places over coastal Andhra Pradesh with heavy to very heavy rain at few places in East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur , Prakasam and Nellore districts on December 12.

Squally winds, with speed reaching 45 to 50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, are likely to prevail along and off coastal Andhra Pradesh.

The sea condition would be rough to very rough from December 11. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea.

Port signals

Distant warning signal no. II (DW-II) has been hoisted at Visakhapatnam, Machilipatnam, Nizampatnam and Krishnapatnam ports.

Distant warning signal no. II (DW-II) with section signal number II and V has been hoisted at Gangavaram and Kakinada ports.

Naidu alerts officials

Staff Reporter writes from Vijayawada:

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has alerted the officials on the possibility of cyclone Vardah wreaking havoc in Andhra Pradesh, and called for measures that would offer protection from all cyclones in the future.

Taking stock of the movement of Vardah in Vijayawada on Saturday, Mr. Naidu said Andhra Pradesh had been suffering extensive damage due to cyclones.

The danger looms large forever. That being the case, the State could not afford to have stop-gap arrangements in place.

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