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Cyclone ‘Laila’ weakens, to cross A.P. coast today evening

Cyclone ‘Laila’ moved northwards and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of Thursday, over westcentral and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal, about 120 km northeast of Nellore. It is showing sign of weakening and expected to cross A.P. coast between Kavali and Kakinada by evening

Heavy rain, that lashed the city in the early hours of Wednesday, caused water clogging and flooding in Vishakhapatnam


The severe cyclonic storm ‘Laila’ over west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal moved northwards and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of Thursday, over westcentral and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal, about 120 km northeast of Nellore, 100 km southeast of Ongole and 120 km south of Machilipatnam.

According to Met Department, the current environmental conditions and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models suggest that the system is likely to move in a north-westerly to northerly direction and cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Kavali and Kakinada, close to Machilipatnam by afternoon of 20th May 2010.

The system is showing sign of weakening due to increase of wind shear and land interaction.

Widespread rainfall with scattered heavy to very heavy falls (25 cms or more) is likely over coastal Andhra Pradesh during next 36 hours. Fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls is likely over north Tamil Nadu during next 24 hours. Gale force wind with Maximum speed reaching 100-110 kmph likely along and off Andhra Pradesh coast at the time of landfall. Squally winds speed reaching 50-60 kmph is likely along and off north Tamil Nadu coast during next 24 hours.

Fishermen warned

Since the sea condition will be very high along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during next 24 hours, fishermen are advised not venture into the sea off these coasts. Very rough along and off north Tamil Nadu coast during the same period.

Storm surge of 1.5 to 2 metres above the astronomical tide is likely to inundate the coastal areas of Guntur, Krishna and West & East Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall.

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