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Severe Cyclonic storm “Phethai’ to cross AP Coast as Cyclonic Storm on Dec 17 :IMD

The Cyclonic storm ‘PHETHAI’ over southwest Bay of Bengal

Hyderabad, Dec 16 (GCCurrentAffairs) The Cyclonic storm ‘PHETHAI’ over southwest Bay of Bengal moved further northnorthwestwards with a speed of 16 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 0830 hrs on Sunday over southwest & adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal near latitude 11.8°North and longitude 84.0°East, about 460 km northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 430 km east-southeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu), 560 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 600 km south-southeast Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh).

It is very likely to intensify further into a ‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’ during the next 24 hours.

It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Machilipatnam and Kakinada during December 17 afternoon.

However, due to unfavourable environmental conditions, the severe cyclonic storm is likely to weaken slightly before landfall and cross coast as a cyclonic storm, India Meteorological Department said in a Bulletin.

Via UNI-India

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