5 Dec 2023

Cyclonic storm Michaung reaches Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad: Cyclonic storm Michaung reached Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.

In the bulletin issued today by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), it was said that the storm hit Bapatla between Nellore-Machilipatnam at 1 pm. The winds are blowing at a speed of 100 kilometers per hour. The effect of the storm is likely to last till 4 pm. 

It is very likely to cross South Andhra Pradesh coast as a severe cyclonic storm during the next two hours. During the storm, winds can blow at a speed of 90-100 km per hour with a maximum speed of 110 km per hour.

The IMD also said the storm surge is about 1-1.5 meters above astronomical tide and is likely to cause flooding in districts of south coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall.

ByTuesday evening the wind speed will gradually reduce from 95 kmph to 75-85 kmph and by midnight the wind speed will become 55-65 kmph.

More than 9000 people sent to safe areas

There is high alert in the state regarding the storm. The state government has issued a red alert in Tirupati, Nellore, Prakasam, Bapatla, Krishna, West Godavari, Konaseema and Kakinada districts. More than nine thousand people have been sent to safe areas. Five teams each of NDRF and SDRF are deployed in these eight districts. Coast Guard, Army and Navy ships and aircraft are on standby.

Reduction in rain in Tamil Nadu

There was a reduction in rainfall in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. However, Chennai city has been completely submerged due to the rain. Nine people, including a child, have died since Sunday. Operations have started from Chennai International Airport which was closed for sixteen hours. On November 4, around 70 flights were canceled and 30 were diverted to Bengaluru due to water-logging on the runway.

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