Cyclone ‘Helen’ to hit Andhra in next 24 hours

According to the latest warning message from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal would intensify into a cyclonic storm and cross the coast between Chennai and Ongole on the night of November 21.

The cyclonic storm named as “HELEN’ is currently situated 430 kilometre east of Kavali, 470 km east-northeast of Chennai, 320 km east-southeast of Machilipatnam and 290 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam.

“Helen” is likely to make landfall at Kavali in Nellore district of south coastal Andhra Pradesh around Thursday night, with wind speed of up to 120 Kmph.

Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur and Krishna districts in south coastal Andhra Pradesh are expected to be worst hit by the cyclone. IMD further warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with isolated extremely heavy rainfall over coastal Andhra Pradesh from Wednesday onwards.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea as a precaution.

Though the cyclone will hardly have any effect on Durgapur, coastal parts of West Bengal may receive some rainfall.

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