High alert has been issued for East Godavari and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh as Cyclone Phethai, is expected to form on Friday over Bay of Bengal between Ongole’s Prakasam and East Godavari’s Kakinada coasts on December 17.
According to the sources of Indian Metrological Department (IMD) neighbouring Vishakhapatnam, Nellore and West Godavari have also been put on high alert.
K Naga Ratna, director of IMD, Hyderabad centre said that, on Friday morning, the storm system appeared as a deep depression, which is intensified into cyclone by Friday evening. This cyclone will upgrade up to further stages like severe cyclone. The wind speed may reach up to 100kms to 140kms along and off the coast during the landfall, the IMD officials said.
Adding to that the IMD said, heavy to very heavy rains are expected to occur over te coastal districts of Nellore to Visakhapatnam from December 16. Naga Ratna said, “It is too early to predict the exact landfall point of the cyclone but the coasts between Ongole and Kakinada will be on high alert. Fishermen are also advised not to venture in the sea till further instructions.
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu called for an emergency meeting with the officials at Amravati Secretariat and directed them to start taking precautionary measures from Friday.