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After Phailin,Andhra Pradesh gears up to face cyclonic storm Helen

The cyclonic storm is expected to cross Andhra Pradesh coast by evening on Friday.

Written by PTI | Hyderabad |
Updated: February 6, 2014 4:38:29 pm

After facing large scale devastation from ‘Phailin’ last month,Andhra Pradesh is bracing for another severe cyclonic storm Helen with wind speed of up to 110km per hour.

The cyclonic storm,located over west-central Bay of Bengal,is expected to cross Andhra Pradesh coast near Machilipatnam in Krishna district by evening on Friday and affect three other districts,Guntur,West and East Godavari.

Under its influence,rainfall at most places,heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (25cm or more) would occur over coastal Andhra during the next 48 hours,an official bulletin said on Friday.

Also,rainfall would occur at most places in Rayalseema and Telangana regions on November 22 and 23.

Storm surge of up to 1.5 metre high above astronomical tide would inundate low-lying areas of Guntur,Krishna,West and East Godavari districts at the time of landfall,it said.

Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph would prevail along and off south Andhra Pradesh coast. The wind speed would gradually increase up to gale wind speed of 100-110 kmph,gusting to 120 kmph at the time of landfall over Guntur,Krishna,East and West Godavari districts.

Sea condition will be rough to very rough along and off central and northern parts of Andhra Pradesh coast.

The cyclonic storm is expected to cause extensive damage to thatched roofs and huts,minor damage to power and communication lines,it said.

The bulletin advised suspension of fishing operations and evacuation of coastal hutment dwellers to safer places and asked people in vulnerable areas to remain indoors.

Last month,Phailin,a severe cyclonic storm,had hit Andhra Pradesh and Odisha,killing over two dozen people and causing massive damage to property and crops.

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