Weeks after the severe cyclonic storm Hudhud, Andhra Pradesh coast is facing threat of another cyclone as the depression over central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours, the Met Office said on Thursday.
According to Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre, the depression lay centered about 560 km southeast of Visakhapatnam and will move north-westwards and intensify further into a cyclonic storm.
"It would then move west-north-westwards towards the Andhra Pradesh coast. It would weaken gradually into a depression while reaching near the coast on the night of Nov 8," said a bulletin by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Thursday afternoon.
The Met Office has forecast moderate rainfall at many places across districts of Andhra Pradesh Saturday and Sunday.
Squally wind speed reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph would prevail in and around Andaman Islands during the next 24 hours and along and off Andhra Pradesh coast Saturday and Sunday. As per Met Department, moderate rainfall would occur at many places over districts of Andhra Pradesh on 8th & 9th November, 2014.
Meanwhile, the sea condition around Andaman Islands is expected to be rough to very rough during next 24 hours and along and off Andhra Pradesh coast on 8th and 9th November. Fishermen has been warned not to venture into sea along and off Andaman Islands during next 24 hours and are asked to return to the coast, according to report.
The first warning signal has already been hoisted on all ports along the Andhra coast.
Severe cyclonic storm ‘Hudhud’ battered north Andhra coast Oct 12, killing 46 people, damaging 9,000 houses and crops over more than 200,000 hectares.
The cyclone with a wind speed of nearly 200 kmph uprooted thousands of trees and damaged electricity and communication networks in the districts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram.
According to officials, about 21 lakh families were hit by ‘Hudhud’, which left a trail of destruction in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam.