Cyclone Phethai, lying over southwest and west-central Bay of Bengal, is very likely to intensify into a “severe cyclonic storm” during the next six hours and move north-northwestwards to cross the Andhra Pradesh coast around Kakinada by Monday afternoon, said the Cyclone Warning Centre at Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
The cyclonic storm lay centred 480 km southeast of Machilipatnam and 510 km south-southeast of Kakinada as of 2.30 pm Indian Standard Time. “However, due to unfavourable environmental conditions, it is likely to weaken slightly before landfall and cross coast as a cyclonic storm”, the centre said in a bulletin at around 4.30 pm.
Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places likely over coastal Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry’s Yanam district of Monday. According to PTI news agency , it is also likely to cause heavy rain in many districts of south Bengal including Howrah, East and West Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura, West Burdwan, Jhargram and Hooghly on Monday and districts like Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada and Kalahandi in Odisha.
Many places in Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Baragarh, Balangir, Jharsuguda and Sambalpur districts of Odisha would also experience heavy rainfall on Monday.