Vikash Sharma

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday informed that the cyclonic storm ‘Michaung’ has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm after moving north-westwards.

Currently, the severe cyclonic storm Michaung lay centered over Westcentral and adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal off south Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamil Nadu coasts. The severe cyclonic storm Michaung is about 90 km east-northeast of Chennai, 170 km southeast of Nellore, 200 km northeast of Puducherry, 300 km south-southeast of Bapatla and 320 km south of Machilipatnam.

As per IMD, Michaung is likely to intensify gradually and move nearly northwards almost parallel and close to the south Andhra Pradesh coast.

As per the projected path, the severe cyclonic storm is likely to cross South Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam, close to Bapatla during forenoon of December 5 as a severe cyclonic storm. The maximum sustained wind speed is likely to be around 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph, IMD said.

Rainfall Warning

North Coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry: Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with isolated extremely heavy falls is very likely on December 4 and isolated heavy rainfall on December 5.

Coastal Andhra Pradesh: Light to moderate rainfall at most places and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh & Yanam on December 4 and 5. Heavy rainfall at one or two places is also likely over south-coastal Andhra Pradesh on December 4 and over north-coastal and adjoining south coastal Andhra Pradesh on December 5. Isolated heavy rainfall is likely over north coastal Andhra Pradesh on December 6.

Telangana: Light to moderate rainfall at a few places with isolated heavy rainfall is likely on December 4. It is likely to increase becoming light to moderate rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over the same region on December 5.

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