Cyclone 'Phethai' made landfall in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh Monday afternoon bringing moderate to heavy rains even as normal life remained hit in the coastal districts of the state.
Andhra Pradesh: Trees were uprooted in Visakhapatnam district's Narsipatnam after strong winds and rainfall hit the region. Roads are being cleared by the local administration. #CyclonePhethai pic.twitter.com/PRssp7R1Rr— ANI (@ANI) December 17, 2018
According to reports, 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.
Parts of the coastal region, especially Krishna district, on Sunday started experiencing rains and strong winds. The sea became rough.
WATCH | Rough sea and strong winds in Kakinada of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu directed the Collectors of coastal districts to take all precaution to prevent loss of lives.
#CyclonePhethai will make landfall between Yanam and Tuni by 17th Dec afternoon. Rough to very rough sea state in Coastal Andhra and gusty winds (80-100 Kmph) over Coastal East Godavari and South Visakhapatnam districts with heavy rainfall forecast. Citizens must stay alert.— Andhra Pradesh CM (@AndhraPradeshCM) December 16, 2018
According to Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre, 'Phethai' will intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm over the next few hours and weaken slightly before making a landfall on Monday afternoon.
It lay centred about 560 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam and 600 km south-southeast of Kakinada on Sunday morning.
The Met office has forecast rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district of Puducherry on Sunday and Monday.
Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph is likely along and off Andhra Pradesh. The gale speed may reach 100 kmph on Monday.
The Cyclone Warning Centre has warned storm surge of up to one metre could inundate the low lying areas of Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district of Puducherry at the time of landfall.
Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea.
Phethai is the third cyclone that Andhra Pradesh is going to witness in a span of three months. Earlier Cyclone Titli and Gaja had also affected the coastal state.
(With inputs from agencies)