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Heavy rainfall likely over coastal Andhra

Heavy rainfall - coastal AndhraThe deep depression over west central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal moved further northwards and intensified into a cyclonic storm ROANU.

The system lay centred over westcentral Bay of Bengal at about 125km south-southeast of Machilipatnam, about and 350km southwest of Visakhapatnam and 225 km south-west of Kakinada.

It is likely to move north-northeastwards along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during next 24 hours and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm. It is likely to move northeastwards along and off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha during next 48 hours.

Under the influence of the cyclonic storm rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls likely over coastal Andhra Pradesh during next 48 hours. Rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places would occur over coastal Odisha during the same period.

Wind speed reaching 90-100 gusting to 110 kmph is very likely to prevail along and off North Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 12 hours and speed reaching 100-110 gusting to 120 kmph during 36 hours. Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during next 48 hours, along and off North Tamil Nadu coast during next 24 hours and along and off Odisha coast from tonight.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today held a teleconference and took stock of the situation with all the coastal district collectors on the preparedness for the impending cyclone and heavy rains.

The Chief Minister instructed them to be prepared to face any eventuality taking all measures to mobilise people from the low lying and vulnerable areas by arranging vehicles into shelters providing them food, milk and water besides setting up medical camps.

The officials are taking all possible measures that normal life does not get affected. NDRF teams have been deployed in low lying areas and boats kept ready to rescue people in the event of flooding.

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