Andhra Pradesh: Cyclone Lehar weakens

Hyderabad, Nov 28 : Cyclone Lehar, which is expected to hit Andhra Pradesh by Thursday noon, weakened before landfall. "The severe cyclonic storm 'LEHAR' over West central Bay of Bengal moved west northwest wards and weakened into a cyclonic storm and lay centred at 2330 hrs IST of 27th November 2013 near latitude 15.0ON and longitude 84.0OE at about 330 km east southeast of Machilipatnam," said Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre in its cyclone warning bulletin on Thursday.

"The system would move west-northwest wards weaken further and cross Andhrapradesh coast near Machilipatnam as a cyclonic storm around 28th November afternoon," it said.

The Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre predicted heavy rainfall in the state.

"Under its influence of rainfall at many places would occur over Coastal Andhrapradesh and Yanam district of Pondicherry.

"Intensity would gradually increase with rainfall at many places with Isolated heavy to very heavy falls would occur over Krishna, West & East Godavari, Guntur. And Isolated heavy rainfall would occur over Prakasam, Nellore and Visakhapatnam districts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh on 28th November," it said.

"Squally winds speed reaching forty five (45) to fifty five (55) Kmph gusting to sixty five (65) Kmph along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during next 24 hours.

"It would increase in intensity with gale wind speed reaching 70-80 Kmph gusting to 90 Kmph along and off Coastal districts of Guntur, Krishna, East & West Godavari districts and gale winds speed reaching 60-70 Kmph gusting to 80 Kmph likely along and off Prakasam and Visakhapatnam districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh at time of land fall," said Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre.

It said sea condition along and off Andhra Pradesh coast will be rough to very rough on Thursday.

"Storm surge with height about 1.0 meter above Astronomical Tide would inundate low laying areas of East &West Godavari and Krishna districts and Yanam district of Pondicherry at the time of landfall," said Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre.

On expected damage, it said: "Extensive damage to thatched roofs, minor damage to power and communication lines due to uprooting of trees. Extensive damage to agricultural crops."

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.

"Danger signal number seven kept hoisted at Machilipatnam and Vadarevu ports, danger signal number six kept hoisted at Kakinada port, danger signal number five kept hoisted at Nizampatnam port," it said.

"Local cautionary signal number three kept hoisted at Krishnapatnam, Visakhapatnam ,Gangavaram ,Bheemunipatnam and Kalingapatnam ports," said Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre.

--IBNS (Posted on 28-11-2013)

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