Cyclone Phethai forming over Bay of Bengal, heavy rains predicted for AP, TN

Cyclone Phethai forming over Bay of Bengal, heavy rains predicted for AP, TN

Cyclone ‘Phethai’ may miss Tamil Nadu and hit Andhra Pradesh, but likely to bring heavy showers to Chennai.

The deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal has moved north-northwestwards and lay centred about 700 km east southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 960 km east-southeast of Chennai and 1,130 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh).

Depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal is very likely to intensify further into a deep depression in next 12 hours and into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours.

Cyclone Phethai will be the third cyclone to hit South India this winter. The storm is currently a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal and is predicted to intensify into a cyclone by tomorrow morning.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall has been forecast for coastal Andhra Pradesh on December 16 and 17. Cyclone Phethai is expected to cross the Andhra coast on the afternoon of December 17 — Monday — according to the Indian Meteorological Department.

Under its influence, rainfall would occur at many places with heavy falls at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining areas of north coastal Tamil Nadu from tomorrow evening.

Rainfall would also occur at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls (in excess of 20 cm) at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh on Sunday and Monday.